New tenting guidelines in impact on SWFMD properties

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New camping rules are now enforced on properties within the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFMD) jurisdiction.

The rules went into effect on June 23, but were not enforced until October 1.

The updated rules offer fairer opportunities to all users and create greater consistency with the other water management districts, according to a new press release from SWFMD.

The changes include:

  • Reservations must be made at least 24 hours before the start of the camping permit. Same day reservations will not be accepted.
  • Campers can arrive on the first day of the reservation at 3:00 p.m. at the earliest.
  • Campers must leave by 11:00 on the last day of their approval.
  • Camping is limited to a maximum of seven consecutive days for a total of 30 days per calendar year. Attempts to circumvent the seven-day maximum length of stay or the 30-day total annual stay are prohibited.
  • Authorized persons cannot hold more than two active camping reservations at the same time.
  • The rest period at all campsites is from 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.

The district can revoke a camping permit if the person entitled does not comply with the rules.

An updated mobile emergency number is required with every reservation.

For more information about camping on district lots, visit WaterMatters.org/Recreation.

Published October 13, 2021

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