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RV Park and Campground Briefs

June 29, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

The following stories about RV parks and campgrounds come from the nation’s media.

GEORGIA

From the Albany Herald:

Residents at a public hearing Tuesday (June 28) raised concerns about a highway project planned to widen State Road 113 through south Dougherty County.

“I don’t see why they can’t take it through the undeveloped land to the north of my property,” said Thomas E. Mercer. “It goes through the land I developed over 15 years for an RV park. That is my retirement.”

That new route goes right through Mercer’s RV park, where he says he rents out lots for retirement income.

“They are going to have to pay me until I’m 90 to get it,” Mercer said.

“We are going to have to negotiate. I cleared and landscaped that land as an RV park.”

Mercer took his concerns to a court reporter at the public hearing. The reporter was at the hearing to put anyone’s concerns in writing for the project’s designers.

“Nothing is etched in stone. We want people to leave us their comments,” said Van Mason, a GDOT district traffic operator. “We can still make changes.”

UTAH

From KTVX-TV, Salt Lake City, Utah:

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), West Desert District is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest or conviction of the party responsible for breaking into a campground fee station collection box at Simpson Springs Campground along the Pony Express National Historic Trail, south of Dugway Proving Grounds in Tooele County.

The theft is thought to have occurred between the dates of June 19-20, 2011 and the specific dollar amount stolen was unknown.

The BLM relies on collected camping fees to help maintain developed recreational sites like Simpson Springs.

The BLM is urging anyone that might have witnessed this theft or any information as to the identity of the responsible party to contact Salt Lake Field Office law enforcement at 801.977.4300.

SASKATCHEWAN

From the Brandon Sun:

The 2011 Craven Country Jamboree near Craven, Saskatchewan, is in a fine kettle of fish — the federal government has ordered it to stop pumping flood water out of its campground.

Kim Blevins, the jamboree’s communications director, says the Fisheries and Oceans Department is citing a concern for the well-being of fish now living where country music fans used to pitch their tents and campers.

Blevins says Craven organizers were taken by surprise by the order.

But they followed instructions and shut off the four pumps that were trying to get the area ready for the festival, which runs July 14-17.

Blevins says they’re now working on getting an alternate campsite nailed down.

Headliners at this year’s event include Rascal Flatts, Johnny Reid and Sugarland.

IOWA

From KCCI-TV, Des Moines, Iowa:

Iowa’s state parks will be open over the July 4 holiday as an impasse on the state budget has been overcome.

“They’ve made a lot of progress in the last couple of days (on the budget). Started last week, really turned the corner,” said Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds. “The House, the Senate and the Governor’s office have agreed on the DNR budget, so the governor indicated on Monday that the parks would be open regardless that it would continue and they would be open for the Fourth of July and with the latest news that they have reached resolution with the DNR, they will be open for sure. So pack up that camper and head to a park.”

FLORIDA

From the Daytona Beach News-Journal:

The first wave of faithful NASCAR fans reached Daytona International Speedway on Tuesday (June 28), setting up camp two days before practice for the Coke Zero 400 even starts.

They’re here for the racing, sure. But they’re also here to see old friends.

“You come here, everybody here’s in a good mood,” said Steven Sprague of West Palm Beach, who was busy setting up the first of two family campers Tuesday afternoon with his son Warren. “You’re on holiday, they’re on holiday — the race is just an added bonus. The race is just what brings everybody together.”

The Speedway campground off Williamson Boulevard opened at noon Tuesday, and Sprague and a handful of other early birds had their camps going up shortly after that.

John and Susan Wiley, a retired couple from Englewood who have been in town for each 400 and 500 since 2004, had their grill out, lawn chairs in place, and wet bathing suits hanging out to dry by about 2:30 p.m.

“You can’t beat it,” John said of the upcoming race. “I like football, and I like watching football on TV, and baseball, but this? You gotta be here. TV does not do this sport justice, because it is incredible to watch.

“I went to Dover in 1979, the first NASCAR race I went to, and that was unbelievable then,” he said. “And I’ll tell you, it’s better than it’s ever been right now.”

Speedway campsites — with two infield tickets included — range in price from about $86 a night for four nights of tent camping to about $245 a night for an RV site with electric, water and cable hook-ups. Wiley said the prices are steals, considering all the entertainment that’s included, and considering the money people spend at NFL stadiums or concert venues.

“Most people would pay $100 just for the fireworks,” he said.

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