Indiana Adult Campground Riles Neighbors
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.