Two investors planning RV parks for Lake Region
BY DAN HILDEBRAN
KEYSTONE HEIGHTS — The owner of a Bradford County restaurant and a businessman associated with a Keystone Heights nail salon are each hoping to develop parks for recreational vehicles in the Lake Region.
Tom Perryman, the proprietor of Tom’s High on the Hog Barbecue, at S.R. 100 and Southeast C.R. 21B, west of Keystone Heights, said he is planning to build Tom’s RV Park just west of the restaurant, with frontage on the state highway.
Perryman added a putt-putt golf course to the restaurant last year. He said he has additional plans for the surrounding parcels but declined to comment on those plans, other than to confirm his intentions for the RV park.
In January, Richard Flesch, whose wife is president of the Fancy Nails and Spa of Keystone Corporation, purchased a 14-acre parcel at the corner of Sunrise Boulevard and Paradise Point Drive on the western end of Keystone Heights.
Flesch said he hopes to construct a 30-space RV park on the parcel as soon as possible. He added that he is a longtime RV user and that based on his experience, there is a demand for an RV park on the Lake Region.
“The closest park is the KOA in Starke,” he said, “and the lots around Lake Santa Fe are booked all the time.”
Flesch also said the proximity of the Keystone Village Square shopping center, and a planned park in back of the facility, which could include a skateboard park or splash park, adds to the appeal of an RV park on the Sunrise Boulevard site.
However, to get approval for his project, Flesch will have to shepherd it through a land use change and zoning change through the City of Keystone Heights.
The road for Perryman’s project is much less cumbersome. His proposed site in Bradford County is zoned agricultural.
Randy Andrews, head of Bradford County’s Building and Zoning Department, said that RV parks are allowed in agriculturally-zoned property if a special exception is approved by the county’s planning and zoning board.