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RV Park and Campground Briefs

June 27, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Following are stories about RV parks and campgrounds from the nation’s media.

WISCONSIN

From wisbusiness.com:

Mark Weber has acquired Hi-Pines Campground. The 70-acre campground is located along Highway 45 about one mile north of Eagle River, Wis.

“It’s very exciting to acquire this unique setting that is close to Eagle River and everything it has to offer, yet is secluded enough for our guests to get away from it all,” Weber said. “We will strive to continue to provide a great camping experience for all of our visitors.”

Weber has purchased seven resorts in the past 10 years.

Cornerstone Business Services, Inc. assisted in the purchase. Weber said he was very impressed with the professionalism of the Cornerstone team during the transaction process. Cornerstone acted as adviser to Hi-Pines by preparing offering materials and contacting potential acquirers, evaluating competing indications of interest and assisting in negotiations.

BRITISH COLUMBIA

From the Kamloops Daily News:

RCMP are saying little about a sudden death at the Chase Lions RV Park other than they aren’t yet able to rule out the possibility of foul play.

It’s the lack of information but the continued police presence that has park operator James Pelle wondering what happened to his neighbor.

“Being right next door gives me the heebie jeebies,” Pelle said Sunday (June 26).

The RV has been cordoned off since late Friday afternoon, when police from Chase, Kamloops, the RCMP’s South East District Major Crimes Unit and the coroner’s service were dispatched to a sudden death.

Pelle said officers have been at the location off and on since. They’ve interviewed him and other occupants at the park, but haven’t told anyone much.

When Pelle asked police on Saturday how his neighbor, who he knows only as Roscoe, died the Mounties told him they weren’t in a position to say, he said.

“I’ve tried getting information but they won’t tell me,” said Pelle.

All Chase RCMP were in a position to confirm to The Daily News on Sunday is police are investigating the sudden death of a male that was reported in the village on Friday.

“At this time, foul play cannot be ruled out,” said Sgt. Troy Beauregard, adding the investigation will be thorough.

Beauregard said the name of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The garage door was wide open at Roscoe’s place when Pelle went to visit his parents on Friday afternoon. He returned two hours later and the police were there, he said.

Roscoe has lived at the park for about three years. Pelle believes he’s in his late 50s or early 60s and is unemployed. He never took notice of what went on at Roscoe’s home or saw who came to visit, he said.

His neighbor liked to drink and could get a bit disorderly, but was basically an upbeat guy, Pelle said.

ALABAMA

From the Pensacola News Journal:

Firefighters battled a brush fire at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, Ala., on Saturday (June 25)

The fire, which started around 2 p.m., burnedclose to the RV campground. Firefighters with the Alabama Department of Forestry along with local fire departments fought the blaze.

By 6 p.m., the blaze had spread into a 200-acre wildfire, causing mass evacuations from Gulf State Park and some adjacent neighborhoods in Orange Beach.

Steady winds and dry conditions were concerns in the possible spread of the blaze, which is estimated to be between 5 and 10 acres. Many campers chose to leave the campground.

BRITISH COLUMBIA

From the Fort St. John, British Columbia, Community Portal:

Early Saturday morning (June 25) residents of Tubby’s RV Park in Dawson Creek were evacuated because of heavy flooding.

Kim Lowder, the park manager, says the RCMP came through the park at about 2:30 a.m. telling residents to evacuate. The park was almost full with approximately 85 sites in use. In some areas of the park, the water is almost 3 feet deep and it keeps rising.

According to Lowder, the water rose almost a foot overnight and has since slowed. Everyone was able to leave the park safely, but some RVs still remain and mostly belong to people who are out of town for the weekend.

At the moment the main buildings of the RV park are still intact and have not suffered any water damage.

COLORADO

From KJCT-TV, Grand Junction, Colo.:

Peak season is just getting underway at area campgrounds, and they were celebrating on Sunday (June 26) with the Great American Backyard Campout. The annual event is put on by the National Wildlife Federation in an effort to get families into the great outdoors.

At the local KOA campground, the campsites were packed with tents and RVs. Owner Curtis Pauli said the season got off to a late start this year because of the unusual spring weather.

“Our season will typically start in the spring with the snowbirds going north, which the weather has kind of messed a little of that up,” Pauli says.

“Right now we’re into our summer season, families and stuff like that.”

The National Wildlife Federation encouraged families to go outside and camp overnight, even if it’s just in their own backyard. Nationally, the event raises money for programs that help get kids active outdoors.

TEXAS

From the Southeast Texas Record:

Hodgson Ventures Ltd. filed suit against B & B Electrical Inc., doing business as B & B Electrical, and KWI, doing business as KWI Kingwire LLC and also known as Kingwire, on May 12 in Denton County Judicial District Court. The defendants removed the case to the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division on June 16.

The plaintiff entered into a contract in May 2008 to purchase electrical wire to run to its 206 rental spaces for recreational vehicles. The wire was sold for direct burial.

Hodgson Ventures states that after some time after the wire was installed they had several electrical outages.

According to the lawsuit, after a heavy rain, some of the RV customers would be without electricity. After an investigation into the problems, the plaintiff learned that a wire had blown out each time. Hodgson Ventures states that it has encountered more than 50 blowouts with the wire.

The defendants are accused of failing to provide suitable wire. The defendants are accused of violation of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act, breach of contract and breach of implied and express warranty of fitness.

The plaintiff is seeking damages for the diminished value of the RV park, loss of use, loss of rents, out of pocket expenses, cost of repair, loss of use during repairs, cost of replacement of the wire in RV park, punitive damages, court costs, interest and attorney fees.

Hodgson Ventures is represented by Dallas attorney Rhonda M. Ryemon.

The defendants are represented by James H. Moody III of Quilling, Selander, Lownds, Winslett & Moser PC in Dallas.

U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider is assigned to the case.

NEW YORK

From the Rome Sentinel

A proposed RV park near the corner of Main Street and 15th Avenue in Sylvan Beach, N.Y., is on the village Planning Board’s agenda for discussion at its meeting today (June 27) at 5:30 p.m. at the village office, 808 Marina Drive.

A board vote on the proposal might be conducted today as well, said village Administrator Joseph Benedict.

The park is being considered for a location that is zoned for commercial uses, but there have been issues involving neighboring residential properties in what is a “mixed-use area,” said Benedict. The proposed site is just over six acres, he added.

TEXAS

From the Southeast Texas Record:

The owner of an RV park has filed suit against the company that she claims refused to reimburse her more than $15,000 after she canceled an order.

Betty Nelson, doing business as Spoonvill RV Park, claims she purchased a portable building from Morgan Buildings and Spas on June 22, 2009, for $16,526.74.

Within two days, Nelson canceled the order, but Morgan refuses to reimburse her the money she paid for the building, according to the complaint filed June 21 in Jefferson County District Court.

Nelson says Morgan Buildings and Spas violated the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

In her complaint, Nelson is seeking a judgment within the limits of Jefferson County District Court, plus actual, compensatory and exemplary damages, attorney’s fees, pre- and post-judgment interest, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Ron S. Rainey of Tritico Rainey in Houston will be representing her.

The case has been assigned to Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court.

WASHINGTON, D.C.

From a news release:

The celebration of 2011 National Get Outdoors Day (GO Day) – led by the American Recreation Coalition (ARC) and the USDA Forest Service – is over, but its accomplishments continue. GO Day received significant electronic and print media coverage leading up to – and since – June 11. Tens of thousands of children across the country enjoyed various outdoor activities at GO Day events.

Their fun was made possible by hundreds of national and local partners that staffed activity centers and provided other support at approximately 150 sites. The First Lady’s Let’s Move Outside campaign blogsite, the Let’s Move blog, carried a synopsis of the day with photos: “The U.S. Forest Service and community partners have been encouraging children and their families across the country to spend time reconnecting with nature, trying new recreation activities and just having some good fun.”

Among the major media “scores” by GO Day were all three major TV stations in Denver. ABC News picked up the story in at least two regions, interviewing GO Day coordinators in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. WAMU 88.5 – an affiliate of National Public Radio – also picked up the story, interviewing ARC President Derrick Crandall about local efforts in Washington, D.C.

June 11 marked the fourth year that participants from federal agencies, nonprofit organizations and the recreation industry teamed up to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun at sites across the nation. These diverse partners offered opportunities for American families to experience traditional and non-traditional types of outdoor activities. Prime goals of the national celebration included reaching currently underserved populations and first-time visitors to public lands, and reconnecting our youth to the great outdoors.

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