Indiana Adult Campground Riles Neighbors

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May 12, 2010 by   - () 1 Comment

A proposal for a campground is creating controversy in Morgan County, Ind. south of Indianapolis, according to TV station WTHR.

The 20-acre property just off Ind. 44 east of Martinsville includes a brick home, a couple of barns and a lot of trees. The peaceful setting is reportedly the home to what neighbor Larry Scherer considers disturbing behavior.

"[I envision] a nudist thing and swingers and we don't need that out here," said Scherer.

Owner Sandy Partlow last month petitioned her property to be zoned as a campground. That was the result of a complaint sent to Morgan County officials and local media about adult parties taking place at the property – advertised on a swingers website – and charging admission.

In response, the Morgan County Planning Office sent a notice to the owners to stop running a business called "Oasis of Chetwynd" until they got zoning approval. The planning director told Eyewitness News to run an adult business, they would need a different kind of zoning and they haven't filed that yet.

Although one of the advertisements sent with the complaint describes it as a "clothing optional campground," Partlow gave a different story to a local newspaper.

"Everyone has it in their minds that we are opening a nudist camp and we're not," she told the Bloomington (Ind.) Herald Times. "But if someone wants to sunbathe nude behind their camper, I [am not] going to be looking."

"I'm against this. Totally against this," Scherer said.

He said it was a moral dilemma.

"Except by the grace of God, so be I. Am I going to judge them? No. Am I going to fight this? Yes," he said.

The Herald Times reports the owners plan for the campground is for adults over 21 and they will charge membership fees. There is a hearing planned regarding the zoning petition later this month.

Eyewitness News could not reach the property owners for comment, despite repeated attempts.

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One Response to “Indiana Adult Campground Riles Neighbors”

  1. steve constance on October 25th, 2011 4:10 pm

    Let us know when the next hearing is we will be more than happy to stand and comment in favor of an adult campground. People should be more concerned about child molesters in there community . I call all adult camping people to help these good people.

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