The Honeymoon Island controversy

Residents have watched Rick Scott pile on one noxious decision after another since taking office, so it was refreshing to see public outrage finally crack the guv’s cone of silence and force a change of course. A plan to turn over portions of state parks, including Pinellas County’s beautiful Honeymoon Island, to a private company for expanded RV camping ran afoul of environmental activists and local residents alike, leading to a raucous public hearing on July 5 at which an overflow crowd of hundreds clogged Dunedin’s Hale Senior Center to share their disapproval. A week later, Gov. Scott changed his mind and the camping plan was abandoned, proving that the people still get their way when they make their voices heard.

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