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Hoosier Campground Plan Gets Cold Shoulder

December 17, 2010 by   - () Leave a Comment

Click here to watch a video, courtesy of WTVW-TV, Evansville, Ind., on the following story.

A woman who owns land near Wesselman Woods in Evansville, Ind., wants to make it a campground, but doesn’t have the go-ahead yet, largely because of neighbors’ concerns.

Several people waiting to speak at a meeting Thursday (Dec. 16) were not happy campers.

They have reservations about a family campground Dawn Heil has had in mind since September.

The proposed site is 1.3 acres with 11 spots for tents and RVs at Stockwell and Morgan near Wesselman Woods.

But concerns are numerous.

Wesselman Nature Society worries about how campground drainage and its open fire pits might put the woods at risk.

Others say a campground would attract unsavory clientele and doesn’t make sense for the location.

But reps for Heil say it’s the owner’s choice to decide how she wants to make a profit.

Board members say it’s a tough call.

They’ve recommended Heil talk out issues with those opposed and come back to the board in 30 days.

Heil’s attorney Krista Lockyear says they’re happy to meet with Wesselman Nature Society and the other parties concerned.

However, she says they’ll still push for open fire pits for the campground.

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