Alabama Park Tightens Camping Regs
Marshall County Park No. 2 in Guntersville, Ala., is expected to reopen within a month, officials said.
The county commission voted in December to close the park and required all camping vehicles be removed by Jan. 5. It took the action in order to stop permanent residency so that the Tennessee Valley Authority would renew its lease when it expires in April 2009, according to The Huntsville Times, Huntsville, Ala.
On Monday (March 10), the commission adopted rules for campers that include their length of stay. After 14 nights, campers paying the $20 daily rate ($22 for waterfront lots) must leave the park or move their recreational vehicles to lots requiring a monthly rate. Campers paying the $200 monthly rate ($250 for waterfront lots) may stay up to three nights a week.
All rates entitle lot occupancy by only one recreational vehicle with one air-conditioner, gas hot water heater, gas oven range and refrigerator.
The rules prohibit any structures on the lots without the commission's approval.
When the park was closed, about 30 campers who had apparently set up permanent residency were forced to move out, officials said. Many of those campers had decks or porches attached to their recreational vehicles.
The commission had also closed the park to correct drainage and erosion problems and make other improvements.