Developer to Get $700K in Foiled RV Park Plan

The settlement of a lawsuit will cost the city of Richmond, Ky., $700,000 at a time when it can ill afford another big expense, the Lexington Herald Leader reported. In a special meeting today (Nov. 30), the Richmond City Commission approved the settlement of a breach-of-contract lawsuit filed last year by the developers of a proposed recreational vehicle park. The developer sued after the city commission terminated a lease that would have allowed the development of Lakeview RV Park at Camp Catalpa... Read more

Police: Outlook for Missing Boys Turns Bleak

Thirty people gathered Sunday evening (Nov. 28) outside the Pioneer Community Center in Pioneer, ohio, to pray for three missing Michigan boys. Monday morning, they came back to do more, and many more came with them, the Sandusky Register reported. When Morenci Police Chief Larry J. Weeks announced Monday morning the ongoing search for 9-year-old Andrew, 7-year-old Alexander and 5-year-old Tanner Skelton would shift to Williams County, more than 200 volunteers stepped forward. Pam Carpenter, a mother... Read more

Indiana Tourism Creates Award in Koch's Memory

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The Indiana Office of Tourism Development and the Koch family are honored to announce the creation of the Will Koch Indiana Tourism Leadership Award. The new award is named for the late Will Koch, long-time owner and president of Santa Claus, Ind.-based Holiday World & Splashin' Safari and CEO of its parent company, Koch Development Corp. It celebrates and pays tribute to Koch's business and philanthropic achievements, recognizes outstanding accomplishments in economic and community... Read more

On Campgrounds: Business Slow at Some Gulf Resorts

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Bob Ashley Business is still slow at Baton Rouge KOA in Denham Springs, La., following the BP oil spill that kept visitors away in droves during the summer. “A little bit of that is the economy, but the oil spill is to blame, too," confides Ted Bacot, owner for 40 years of the 110-site park on 13 acres. "We are a transient park, and people are not traveling to Florida. It doesn't seem like they are moving like they were before." Bacot’s winter reservations are off about 25%.... Read more

Gorin: The Elections Are Over. Now What?

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David Gorin As expected, the U.S. House of Representatives will be controlled by the Republicans by about a 246 – 189 margin at press time, and the Democrats will retain control of the Senate with 51 Democrats and two Independents in the majority. Here’s the reality check: It is not going to make much difference in the legislative process. The Senate is the land of 60 votes and nobody is going to be close to having them in his or her pocket in the 112th Congress. Not much will likely get done... Read more

Idaho Parks May Partner with Corporate Sponsors

With backup cash dwindling and no new income streams in sight, the state of Idaho might sign a corporate sponsor to stave off park closures. “We’re trying to get very creative in the way that we survive here,” Nancy Merrill, state Parks and Recreation Department director, told on Monday (Nov. 29). Merrill said department public relations staffers have consulted with a firm specializing in corporate-naming matchmaking and that a sponsorship policy will be presented to the department... Read more

Alberta Council OK's RV Park Plan

Despite opposition from Rocky View County staff, council approved on Nov. 23 an application to rezone agricultural land to accommodate a campground and RV storage park in the southern Alberta community, the Rocky View Weekly reported The land, which is located three miles east of Chestermere, is in an area identified as a potential major business corridor in the Growth Management Strategy (GMS) and is located in close proximity to a Wheatland County industrial area. “I believe this fits into the... Read more

CONY Members Positive About 2011 Season

Campground Owners of New York (CONY) held its 47th Annual Conference and Trade Show Nov. 4-5 at the Holiday Inn in Syracuse, where 178 people representing 59 campgrounds attended along with 32 exhibitors. “The event was very successful and the mood was very positive,” said Don Bennett, CONY president and CEO. “The campground owners were very upbeat about the 2010 season and they are very excited about what 2011 might have to offer.” Jim Rogers, chairman and CEO of Kampgrounds of America Inc.... Read more

Budget Crisis Closes Some California Parks

California State Parks has announced the temporary closing of some of the beaches and campgrounds along the Sonoma Coast, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. Closures will start Wednesday (Dec. 1) and run through June 30. The most severe cut is to the Bodega Dunes Campground. Only 20 of its 98 campsites will be available until July 1, 2011. Very early reservations will be necessary for this popular campground. Willow Creek and Pomo Canyon campgrounds have already been closed due to weather conditions. As... Read more

Hoosier Park's 'Land of Lights' Now Open

The Santa Claus Land of Lights Family Christmas Light Adventure in Santa Claus, Indiana, opened for the 2010 season on Thanksgiving night, Nov. 25. Located inside Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort in Santa Claus, Ind., this custom outdoor light show tells the Shining Story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in bright, energy-efficient LED lights. The Santa Claus Land of Lights is the only light show in North America that tells a story in lights and storyboards. At 1.2 miles long, it is also... Read more

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