BEWARE of BED BUGS!!!!!!!! We visited Mid-Bay Shores three times within the past two years. We stayed once at the campground RV spots, and they were great. The next stay was during a Thanksgiving vacation, and we stayed in the trailers. This stay was okay but not pleasant. The trailer was dirty and smelled like a wet dog. We left the trailer MUCH cleaner than when we found it. We attempted to contact 42nd FSS Outdoor Rec/ITT but were ignored. The third visit was during Memorial Day 2019, and we booked one of the bungalows. Well, that was a MISTAKE! BED BUGS!!! We discovered them after returning home. (On a side note, it takes six weeks for the infestation to occur since that is the average incubation period.) Thus, we easily narrowed the culprit down to Mid-Bay Shores since it is the ONLY place we have stayed since Thanksgiving of 2018. Again, we contacted the 42nd FSS Outdoor Rec/ITT and told them of the issue. Additionally, we requested a refund, and we were told, after a very delayed response, NO. This is an on-going and costly issue, mind you. We will not be staying at this again.
The facility is in a good location, and the staff are nice and easy to work with. My wife and I stayed in one of the trailers and found it to be well below the quality we've come to expect from an Air Force facility. The trailer had bugs, the mirror on the bathroom was barely hanging on, the bed blankets were dirty, and the living area furniture looked like it came from a low level yard sale. We were not at all pleased with the quality of the trailer and will never stay in one again. We were fortunate to find a place so late in the season, and while we are thankful to find something, this place needs to either upgrade the trailers or take them out completely. Again, the accommodations were well below the other Air Force facilities we've utilized in the past.
Recently stayed May 31 - June 4. The cabins were great and the staff very helpful. I have been coming to Mid-Bay yearly since 1984. This rec facility has been going downhill over the years. Yes, the cabins are a great replacement for the old trailers. However, this was Memorial Day weekend and the dock was closed; the stairs leading to the deteriorated beach were closed and they looked like they had been closed for quite a while. The beach is pitiful; no one takes care of it. Used to, we had a beach and someone (the Caretaker) used a 4-wheeler and swept the beach of litter. The beach today is about 2 feet wide because of the rocks filled in. I understand the years past hurricanes that took a toll, but it has been years since that happened and not many improvements made other than the cabins. I love the area, but over the years it has gone downhill.
Made reservations arrived with 36' 5-er and they were going to put me in a spot large enough for a pop up. Suffering from the same problems every panhandle mil-camp - homesteaders and active duty living in Famcamps pushing out those that try to use the facility for what is was intended - RECREATION. Girl working the counter (if you would call it work) had three full size dogs in her trailer, living there...must be nice to get BAH and only pay the discount rate for an MWR facility ?? Been coming to florida every winter since 2001 for 4- 6 weeks . . . this is the worst this place has looked. CANNOT fit a multi slide unit in the spots due to trees and a host of other structures and pipes/electric service. Do yourself a favor, until the Air Force changes the rules to push those out that are full timing and living in these facilities all you will do is suffer. Two thumbs down and a serious plunger action for this place - will not go back !!!
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