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Chino Valley Resident Takes KOA's Side

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March 31, 2011 by   - () 2 Comments

Editor's Note: The following Letter to the Editor of the Chino Valley (Ariz.) Review was written by resident Rick Nichols in support of a proposed campground in his community.

In answer to the venomous letter by Conrad Shapiro (in the March 23 issue of the Review), I am also deeply concerned. Shapiro has no knowledge of the RV world and his poison pen drips of his ignorance.

The Kampgrounds of America project will bring more than 100 local jobs during its construction. It will not require a large staff to manage the facility, but almost every business in Chino Valley will benefit from this project.

Campers will be eating at our restaurants, shopping at our stores, buying our gas and hardware, requiring repair services and the list goes on.

I have been an RVer for 31 years and have visited many parks including KOA parks. The KOA brand is one of the most reputable of these parks. The staff is uniformed and professionally trained. In my years of enjoying RVing, my wife and I have never seen any of the "drugs, crime, domestic issues, prostitution or illegal aliens" that Shapiro imagines.

Every conceivable concession was made to the local neighborhood in an effort to facilitate the project with the least impact to the neighborhood. Chino Valley is having a multi-million dollar project handed to them, with Jack Tuls, developer and retired dairyman, paying for all road, utility and sewer improvements and requirements.

Without progress and support from sales taxes and more customers for our existing business, this town will become a ghost town.

We have already lost our town government and schools and library on Fridays. Without support for our businesses, what comes next?

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2 Responses to “Chino Valley Resident Takes KOA's Side”

  1. Candy Blakeslee on April 1st, 2011 11:08 am

    Woops…it is Chino, not China, Valley.

    Just wondering if anyone can help me. The Chino First website says that RV-ers will spend $242 every day in Chino Valley (that does not include groceries). We do not have a truck stop for gasoline. Is that how much you spend in a town per day when you go Rv-ing?

    Our tourist attractions include a great vineyard (that is open three afternoons a week), annual dog show, annual model airplane fly-in, 4 town festivals, local restaurants, McDonald's, Sonic Drive In, Taco Bell, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and a Safeway grocery store.

    Thanks for your help!

  2. Ray Dunlap on May 22nd, 2011 2:38 pm

    I enjoy RVing in the high desert country of your area. We spend a lot of time at Camp Verde because there is a very nice RV resort there. Yes, we spend money every where we stay, but not at the rate mentioned.
    You would be more likely to have a dope problem in your town than in a KOA park.
    There are bad apples everywhere,but most can not afford a nice RV to travel in and I have never seen any junk in a KOA park.
    Every one does not need great man made tourist attractions, Mother Nature provides for me and you folks are blessed.
    Thanks,
    RD

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