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Pine Island KOA wins two awards

December 4, 2019
By MEGHAN BRADBURY ( , Pine Island Eagle

Pine Island KOA recently received two awards, the 2020 KOA Founder's Award and the President's Award, for its high quality camping facilities, as well as exceeding its guests expectations.

"It's exciting to win these KOA awards. We are humbled by the positive experiences expressed by the reviews we received from our guests and proud because that is what we set out to do, day in and day out at Pine Island," Pine Island KOA Manager Gwenn West said.

The Pine Island KOA regional manager echoed similar thoughts.

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Pine Island KOA won the 2020 KOA Founder's Award and the President's Award for its facilities and high levels of customer service.


"We strive to deliver the best campground hospitality at Pine Island and are delighted to have Pine Island recognized with the KOA President and Founder's Awards," Regional Manager of Pine Island KOA Natalie Philabaum said. "These awards really honor the tremendous hard work of the Pine Island staff and management team who are dedicated to providing superior customer service and ensuring a memorable camping experience for our guests."

Each year surveys are gathered from more than a quarter million guests who stay at Kampgrounds of America following their stays. The guests' feedback, as well as results from an annual inspection, qualifies more than 500 KOA campgrounds across the United States and Canada for the Founder's Award and the President's Award.

The KOA President's Award is awarded to KOA campgrounds that provide great camping facilities and high levels of guests services. The KOA Founder's Award is given to the campground that shares Kampgrounds of America Founder Dave Drum vision of a "KOA Nation providing excellence for generations of campers."

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Randy "Boomer" Berman, public relations from Equity Lifestyle Properties, said Pine Island KOA was acquired in 2007 and has a total of 365 sites, 336 which are RV sites. The Pine Island KOA offers nine deluxe cottages for rent, as well as a deluxe tent site with raise beds and a camp kitchen.

The RVers have patio sites, which has firepits, outdoor furniture and a charcoal grill. The deluxe cottages have a patio, firepit and a propane grill.

The property, which is dog friendly, has a Kamp K9 pet park, as well as a heated pool, which is chilled in the summer months; a spa; two clubhouses; a lighted tennis court, basketball court; playground; laundry room; fitness center; library; game room/billiards; pickleball court; horseshoe pits; shuffleboard and bike trails. There are seasonal organized activities, such as bingo, cards, pool parties and family-oriented games and crafts.

Berman said all of the sites include a two-night minimum stay.

"We have annual guests who come for months at a time," he said.

Pine Island KOA is located at 5120 Stringfellow Road, St. James City. For more information, call 239-283-2415. To make a reservation call 800-562-8505, or visit



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