State Rep. Jim Frishe, chairman of the 12-member delegation, announced Thursday that he was calling a special delegation meeting for Thursday at St. Petersburg College’s Clearwater campus. The agenda consists of one item: Honeymoon Island.

Several legislators attended Tuesday night’s public hearing, which drew hundreds of people. They joined in opposing the plan proposed by the state Department of Environmental Protection and supported by Gov. Rick Scott to let private contractors design, build and operate campgrounds — including spaces for recreational vehicles — at Honeymoon Island and up to 56 other parks that currently do not have campsites.

Honeymoon Island is one of the first of 56 parks where state officials want to add overnight camping sites including space for recreational vehicles. Honeymoon Island could get up to 45 campsites on 17.5 acres east of the southern beach parking lot, under the DEP’s plan.

DEP officials pitched the campsite idea and the list of parks where campgrounds could be built at a June 10 meeting of the Acquisition and Restoration Council, an advisory committee made up of state officials and private citizens. Then they pushed ahead with public hearings on Honeymoon Island and three other parks, where the plans all met strong opposition.

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