Mobile Home Parks
This program includes approximately 5,500 mobile home parks, lodging and recreational vehicle parks, and recreational camps in Florida. The objective of this program is to minimize the risk of injury and illness in this residential environment. The objective is accomplished through routine inspections of these parks and camps ensuring the residents' risks for disease from an environmental origin are minimized. The inspections focus on the following: 1) proper sewage disposal to minimize the risk of diseases such as hepatitis, salmonella, and shigella; 2), safe drinking water to minimize the risks of diseases such as giardia and cryptosporidium; 3) safe solid waste collection and disposal to minimize rat and roach infestations, as well as reservoirs for mosquitoes and associated diseases such as West Nile Virus, Dengue, St. Louis and Eastern Equine Encephalitis, eliminate vectors that transmit rabies and diseases associated with ticks. Also of concern is a safe and disease free swimming pool, where applicable.
The Florida Department of Health in Osceola County receives and investigates environmental health and sanitation complaints about these facilities. The Florida Department of Health in Osceola County provides complainants with report findings and corrective actions taken.
Mobile homes, lodging and recreational vehicle parks, and recreational camps are licensed annually by the Department of Health through Florida's 67 county health departments, in accordance with Chapter 64E-15, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.). The county health departments provide direct services in the operational aspect of the program through routine inspections, plan reviews, educational programs, and enforcement actions.