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MacDill, Raccoon Creek 8 months 3 weeks ago #16348

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Not sure of the reason but just received a text message from the Famcamp that there will not be any dry camping this season. There will not be any ration. Anyone heard why?

MacDill, Raccoon Creek 8 months 3 weeks ago #16351

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From the 6th FSS webpage:

Note: Dry camps will not be available this year, due to a CE construction project scheduled to begin in January. Thank you for your patience!

MacDill, Raccoon Creek 8 months 3 weeks ago #16352

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Going to be some fun for those who use that area as a stop-over in-route to the Keys.

MacDill, Raccoon Creek 8 months 2 weeks ago #16353

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Camping at MacDill has been disjointed and mismanaged for forever - construction work delayed and incomplete. We stopped camping at MacDill years ago, and only occasionally stopped for overnight and shopping at the commissary when heading south or returning north. Can't even do that how, it seems. This could be a PRIME camping area, but special camping privileges for some and poor leadership make it a ZERO in our camping book.
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MacDill, Raccoon Creek 8 months 2 weeks ago #16354

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Amen, Monkey – After calling for reservations three years in a row for the FOLLOWING year, two years on October 1st, when the office opened; only to be told I would go on a waiting list. WHAT! Forget it. There are too many nice parks out there to be dealing with . . . ; you get the picture.

Currently in Arizona, temps HOT! But it’s a dry hot – LOL

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MacDill, Raccoon Creek 8 months 2 weeks ago #16355

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Sorry I brought the subject up - was just seeking some information. I'll refrain from causing such distress in the future.

MacDill, Raccoon Creek 8 months 2 weeks ago #16356

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No distress here ? We thought you brought it up to get info about MacDill ... and so we gave you info.

True enough, lots of great Military CGs out there - MacDill just isn't one of them, and hasn't been for years.
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MacDill, Raccoon Creek 8 months 2 weeks ago #16358

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Have known your feeling about MacDill for a long time Monkey and was just seeking information on the current status.

Not everyone has the same tastes so glad there more than one item on the menu.

MacDill, Raccoon Creek 8 months 2 weeks ago #16360

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I camped often at MacDill for years, and really like the campground itself. Was there last spring shopping at the commissary, and it hasn't changed much ... if it ever does, I'll start camping there again. It's a very nice CG, just not managed very well. Could easily become a high destination campground for AD and retired - but not if you can't get a site during the winter months ...
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MacDill, Raccoon Creek 6 months 2 weeks ago #16451

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They're gonna make a MWR owned cabins for rent community where dry camp was is the plan...

Backstory why...

When the new macdill inn/conference center opened and the old one closed it had a huge problem which was seemingly engineered into the new conference center or conveniently not adressed LOL!!!!

That underthought issue was....since the new Macdill inn/conference center is more a top brass hangout & especially for foreign service officers its restricted to minors, as in from allowing minors on the conference center property (not really an Air Force inn as we know them, it's more spashy business/conference center so there is a kid ban altogether not just from spending the nite and the old Macdill inn was closed so there became a shortage of options where to billet families on Macdill...unless you had an RV your options were renting a MWR trailer spotted on a pad (which was really affordable and a value) but limited supply often meant weekend/holidays were booked by active duty who has priority))
or you could buy a tent and tent camp?

Also, base commander was made a fool last year when the drama at macdill campground went overload stupid...its said the Air Force not her wanted to decrease the size of Macdill campground so as to see if it could be managed better and not topic of dysfunction...
IMO Macdill campground needs top down management change with no returning employees who made it so corrupt, unethical and just plain sleezy and creepy...
I had a prepaid reservation for this season (paid 11-1-2016) but I canceled last summer after I'd had enough of the dysfunction at macdill famcamp last winter and went home to key west...

MacDill, Raccoon Creek 6 months 2 weeks ago #16452

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monkey44 wrote: I camped often at MacDill for years, and really like the campground itself. Was there last spring shopping at the commissary, and it hasn't changed much ... if it ever does, I'll start camping there again. It's a very nice CG, just not managed very well. Could easily become a high destination campground for AD and retired - but not if you can't get a site during the winter months ...


So true!!!
Last winter they started the work shoring up the creek and that side too bad they don't add 200 pads back there with hookups and septic as macdill would stay sold out if they'd do non rotating seasonal reservations...

This year the reservation pads are all booked and it's two weeks on limited designated rotation pad which are first come first serve...
I can see people sleeping in front of the camp office in their lawn chairs like we did waiting to by concert tickets back in the day, all those people in Macdill famcamp office line hoping to secure a pad and not have to leave Macdill scrambling for a place to park their rolling roadblocks if they're not lucky enough to score a pad...

Security forces are gonna be busy running those who try to boondocks on base off base...
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