Since the day of Hurricane Michael’s devastation on October 10, officials at Seminole State Park have been working nonstop to get the park cleaned up. They still have a long way to go, but Seminole State Park’s staff sees positive progress. The cost of clean up and park restoration efforts- so far – has reached three million dollars. Park manager Lupe Lazarine commented, “That figure counts for manpower, equipment, and contractors, and the price tag for clean up and park restoration will continue to rise due to more equipment needed and other issues that are sure to come up.”
The park, as with most areas in Seminole County, lost a tremendous number of trees and the ground work is still far from being completed. The park’s cottages are 90% done; however, its campsites and nature trails have not been touched. Park officials are looking at an reopening date of May 1st – may be. “It could be sooner or it could be later, but that is the date set for now. I will know more as time gets closer,” added Lazarine.
The park has a desperate need to fill three, up to twenty eight hours a week part time positions – maintenance, housekeeper, and a clerk. The maintenance worker position’s duties will consist of mowing, pressure washing, weed eating, fixing leaks, and anything else that the individual is capable of doing in maintenance. The housekeeper position’s duties will consist of cleaning cottages, washing linens, cleaning a group shelter, rest rooms, and keeping inventory. The duties of the clerk will consist of answering the phone, booking, taking payments, and giving guidance to customers.
Interested individuals should contact the park office directly at 229-861-3137.