Camping Issues on Maine Legislative Agenda
While a lodging tax increase from 7% to 10% was defeated in the Maine General Assembly earlier this year, the issue is likely to come up again in 2008, Maine Tourism Association lobbyist Carolyn Manson told the Maine Campground Owners Association (MECOA) board during its fall meeting.
“It will probably be on the table again next session, and she indicated that about 10 bills relating to boating safety will be introduced,” said Kathy Dyer, MCOA administrative manager, reporting that two people were killed in a boating accident in August on Long Lake in Augusta.
“She also thinks that parking of recreation vehicles will be on the agenda,” Dyer said.
About 60 people representing 28 campgrounds and seven supplier companies who are MECOA members attended the meeting Oct. 11-13 at Flat Rock Bridge Family Resort, Lebanon, Maine.
“Everybody had a fairly healthy season,” Dyer said.
Evergreen Insurance sponsored and cooked a lobster and steak dinner on the opening night of the meeting, which also included tours of Mi-Te-Jo Campground in nearby Milton, N.H., and Heavenly Acres, Nadeau's Nest and Potters Place Adult Park, all in Lebanon.
MECOA’s 2008 annual meeting will be Feb. 8 at the Portland Sports Complex in conjunction with the MECOA’s 4th Annual Vacationland RV and Camping Supershow.