Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

January 3, 2013

Reservations fly Wednesday for Lake Jax campgrounds

Ben Tinsley
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE —  Apparently, the Lake Jacksonville camp grounds are the new rock 'n' roll – with fans willing to wait overnight for tickets and everything.

At least, that's how it seemed Wednesday, when more than 300 people arrived to make Lake Jacksonville campground reservations for 2013.

The lot of them spent more than $7,500 to secure reservations for July 4 and Memorial Day, in the process completely maxing those days out.

"Some of them stayed all night," said Will Cole, public works director for the city. "They were there when we first opened the door."

It was a  first-come, first-serve proposition, City Manager Mo Raissi said, with crowds of people flocking around the city's Public Works Building at 1220 S. Bolton St. on Wednesday to secure their reservations.

Residents also were welcome to call (903) 589-3510 to make credit card reservations over the phone Wednes-day.

But calling didn't get them any further ahead in line than those who arrived in person, Cole said.  City officials took the "first come, first served," policy quite seriously. Anyone who called to make their reservation was forced to wait until everyone who was in line at the time of the call has been helped.

Cole said there is a core group of residents who are quite experienced at waiting and pouncing when the reservations become available each Jan. 2. But the amount of people vying for reservations does continue to increase each year, he added.

 At one point the credit card machine at the public works facility went out and had to be repaired – but not because of overuse, officials said.

Incidentally, anyone who needs information on further rentals can access the city web page at http://jacksonville-texas.com.