Oregon Coast RV Parks 'Held Their Own' in '09
Liken this past summer to a hurricane bearing down on Oregon's Gold Beach only to turn away at the last moment to cause havoc and destruction somewhere else.
The hurricane was the economy with double-digit unemployment, foreclosures galore, and forecasts of another poor year of fishing, according to the Curry County Reporter, Gold Beach.
But the salmon came, bigger and more of them, the best fishing season in five years, and the people came too, many of them on the spur of the moment. And another thing happened. Gas prices stayed under $3 a gallon compared to the $4.40 we saw a year ago.
Bottom line? The summer economy held its own in 2009.
A number of folks interviewed said exactly the same thing: it could have been worse
Across the board, the RV parks were up over last summer. The main reason was the price of diesel, which was nearly $2 a gallon less than last summer.
"Both our RV revenue and our cottage revenue was up this summer," said Julian Starr of Turtle Rock RV and Cottages. "We have had a wonderful September. We were up about 8% over last year, but still down about 10% over a number of years ago. It's still a little scary out there."
Indian Creek Resort, Ireland's Ocean RV Park, Honey Bear RV and Campground, Huntley Park and other RV parks have all shown a solid year.
RV parks are not subject to the guest-room tax and are not part of the Gold Beach Promo Committee's numbers.