RV Park and Campground Briefs
From the Galveston County Daily News:
Residents and out-of-towners want to know when construction will begin on a long-awaited RV park at 201 Seawall Blvd. in the spot formerly occupied by the once-popular Sandpiper Motel.
James Henderson, whose family had operated the island motel for about 48 years, attributed delays to issues with CenterPoint Energy releasing an easement at the property. Henderson said the issue had dragged on for months and was the only obstacle in the way of redeveloping the property.
After calls from The Daily News, CenterPoint officials said they mailed the release to Henderson on Wednesday morning (July 27). But it wasn’t immediately clear what caused the delays. With that easement release, Henderson now can file a plat and application for building permits, he said. If all goes as planned, construction could begin in about two weeks, Henderson said.
The Sandpiper Motel was badly damaged by Hurricane Ike, which struck in September 2008. In September last year, crews demolished most of the property. The Hendersons spared the office building at the motel, which they plan to transform into eight guest rooms.
The rest of the site will be home to an upscale, 30-slip RV park, with amenities such as a pool with a “vanishing edge,” a theater room, a card room, kitchen and common area.
Although the CenterPoint easement was an issue, Henderson said he had not encountered any problems with the city.
From the Malibu Surfside News:
Members of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (SMMC) board and the public had an opportunity to visit the conservancy’s Bluffs Park property and learn more about the plans that include two small campgrounds, three coastal accessways, a picnic area and restrooms.
Paul Edelman, the deputy director of Natural Resources and Planning for the SMMC , was not discouraged by a July 7 legal ruling that threw out California Coastal Commission approval for the project, which includes an ambitious new network of trails, and camping facilities at Bluffs Park and Corral Canyon.
The conservancy already filed an appeal and was voting later that evening to apply to the city of Malibu for a Local Coastal Amendment for the project.
The project cannot proceed until the litigation is concluded, but Edelman is confident that the the issue can be resolved and the plan will move forward.
Bluffs Park campground plan includes two clusters of walk-in campsites with firefighting gear and electrical outlets instead of fire pits or BBQ grills; two parking areas that will be restricted for campers only, self-contained vault-style toilets, a picnic area and improvements to existing trails.
“Our plans are detailed down to the last hose bib and plug,” Edelman said. The Coastal Commission said we could [put some of the proposed improvements] in ESHA, but we didn’t need to.”
From Ultimate Motor Cycling:
Bean’re will be camping and acting as “Mayor of Fun” at the Legendary Buffalo Chip Campground during the 71st Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally next month.
Known for his outgoing personality and unique sense of biker style, Bean’re is sure to get everyone partying harder and having more fun than ever at the Chip.
Bean’re says: “I’ve been going to Sturgis for years and always enjoyed the Chip. I remember seeing concerts here back in 1990 but it’s always fun from just cruisin’ the campground to the Lichter Exhibit and Legends Ride, there’s always something going on. I want to invite everyone to the several beach parties I will host, Bean’res Guided Rides and Zipline Kick-offs!”
Bean’re’s rocking Bikini Beach Parties will happen everyday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. He will be “Mayor of Fun,” helping everyone start their day off right. There will be daily Bloody Mary drink specials during the parties. To get the crowd going Bean’re will have tons of cool swag to hand out and will judge a daily rope swing contest! When you wake, make sure you head right over to Sturgis’ favorite swimming hole, Bikini Beach, and party with Bean’re!