Fish Camp, Leon County in dispute over ownership


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A popular Lake Iamonia restaurant is in a land dispute with Leon County.

These picnic tables, chairs, and veterans memorial are part of Fish Camp, but are all on Leon County property.

The restaurant has been notified that the county wants to use this space; a move that the restaurant says will have a huge impact on its business.

Over the next two weeks, Fish Camp Restaurant may lose access to much of its outdoor seating at Van Brunt’s Landing.

Leon County Parks and Recreation says the restaurant was notified in April of the change to add more parking spaces.

“We wouldn’t have seating. I don’t know if we could even stay in business,” said Sherri Capece, owner of Fish Camp.

She says people from Thomasville, Cairo, Monticello and others come to her restaurant and enjoy the groups and being outdoors.

With so much wasted space, it would force his business to slow down.

“We have a limited amount of indoor seating and we have a very small terrace, so half of our customers would be turned away every weekend,” Capece said.

Amanda Heidecker, director of parks and recreation, says boaters have complained about not having a place to park.

In a statement to ABC 27, Heidecker says that to find a solution, a property boundary survey was conducted.

The investigation concluded that “Fish Camp operations significantly encroach on county property, using approximately half an acre of county land for outdoor seating and guest access.”

The plan is to re-establish the boundaries of the landing leaving room for 15 unpaved parking spaces.

Capece says she now hopes to work out a compromise with Leon County Commissioner Brian Welch.

In a post on Twitter, Welch wrote that he would do everything he can to find a solution that will allow all citizens of the county to enjoy the north shore of Lake Iamonia.”

As of now, Fish Camp has until June 20 to remove everything from the Leon County property.

Fish Camp says they asked Leon County if they could lease or buy the property, but the county refused.

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