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RV Park and Campground Briefs

October 3, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

FLORIDA

From WPTV-TV, Port St. Lucie:

Staying in a hotel or RV park in Florida’s St. Lucie County means paying the tourism development tax to use those facilities.

On Sept. 27 commissioners unanimously voted to extend that tax until 2023.

Some don’t agree with the tax, like Outdoor Resorts of America office manager Elizabeth Riley. She said RVs fill her park during the busy tourism season.

“They have to pay that much more when they come on top of the gas prices and everything else, it’s not helping with our business,” says Riley.

According to the county tourism office, the tourism development tax collected anywhere from $1.9 million to $2.7 million a year since 2004 with 40% earmarked for operation and upkeep of Digital Domain Park, home of the St. Lucie Mets minor league baseball team.

Riley’s RV park is about a mile from Digital Domain park on Peacock Boulevard in Port St. Lucie.

Mets spring training boosts Riley’s bus Riley’s business. But she says, “I see that side but people are coming to see the team play, not a big, grand stadium.”

From The News-Press, Fort Myers:

River’s Edge Mobile Home Park, a North Fort Myers landmark since 1938, will be sold in foreclosure Oct. 25.

Fifth Third Bank won a judgment in Lee County circuit court for $2,911,441 in mortgages on the 5-acre property that started out as a fish camp on the Caloosahatchee River.

Meanwhile, “It’s business as usual,” said Shirley Phillips, who with her husband, Don, manages the park for owner Nelson Steiner.

The park is profitable and unlikely to be shut down whatever the result at the auction, she said. “The residents have nothing to worry about.”

At the foreclosure auction, the bank could take back the property if nobody makes a high enough bid, or someone else could buy River’s Edge.

Fifth Third officials could not be reached for comment.

It may not even get that far, Shirley Phillips said last week.

“I’m in a business meeting right now with some prospective investors,” she said.

River’s Edge took a glancing blow in 2006 from the wave of evictions that went through Southwest Florida’s mobile home parks as owners prepared to sell for more lucrative uses as prices shot up.

In May 2006 the 72 residents were told to leave because Steiner was going to build up to 60 town homes on the property.

But that was at the tail end of the real estate boom. County records show Steiner filed a zoning application, but the town homes were never built although some residents were evicted.

KENTUCKY

From SurfHopkins.com:

The Kentucky State Parks are offering a camping discount this month.

A 20% discount is offered for most Kentucky State Parks campgrounds Sunday through Thursday nights Oct. 2 through Oct. 31.

The discount applies to new reservations and cannot be combined with any other discounts.

The offer is good at all state park campgrounds except three: Fort Boonesborough, Cumberland Falls and Nolin Lake.

SOUTH DAKOTA

From KDLT-TV, Sioux Falls:

Yogi Bear Jellystone Park and the Sioux Falls Humane Society teamed up to hold their first “Mutts in the Maze,” event – the one day where people could walk their dogs through the park’s corn maze while contributing to a good cause.

“It works as a fundraiser for them, and also, it just provides an opportunity for families to have an activity where they get to include all of their family members. I mean, there are things that a lot of times you can’t take your pets to do, and this really gives families that opportunity,” said Christina Lien with Yogi Bear Jellystone Park.

Twenty-percent of the proceeds from “Mutts in the Maze” went to the humane society. Officials said events like this mean a lot to them since there are so many pets in the area in need.

“The support has always been good from the community. We’re so lucky, I mean, this community has been more than willing to help the humane society. We are the only shelter now, so anything that anybody can do is always appreciated,” said Kori Baade with the Sioux Falls Humane Society.

PENNSYLVANIA

From WPXI-TV, Pittsburgh:

A Westmoreland County man was arrested and charged with trafficking drugs from a campground in Pennsylvania’s Donegal Township, police said.

According to Channel 11’s news exchange partners at TribLIVE, Charles Atkins was arrested after police found marijuana and drug paraphernalia at the campground he lives at on Route 31.

Police said a confidential informant told troopers that Watkins would make as many as 30 drug transactions per day.

ARIZONA

From KNXV-TV, Phoenix:

As the temperatures go down, so are the prices for Maricopa County parks. Five Maricopa County parks are inviting you to go camping for free.

Campers who pay a fee to stay one night at a desert mountain county park between Oct. 1 and Nov. 10, 2011 will receive the next night of camping for free.

“Over the past three years, Parks has offered the six-week camping promotion as both an incentive to help us kick-off our busy camping season and a way to say thank you to our loyal customers,” said R.J. Cardin, recreation director of Maricopa County Parks.

Cardin said park rangers will also increase evening programming opportunities during the promotion.

Campers looking can also use a new online tool, www.maricopacountyparks.org, to determine which parks best suit their camping needs by taking a virtual tour of the campsites.

CALIFORNIA

From the Los Angeles Times:

Portions of Joshua Tree National Park that were closed earlier this month after flash flooding ravaged the area has been reopened.

A nine-mile segment of road that extends from White Tank Campground to Ocotillo Patch pullout was opened on noon Friday (Sept. 30), park officials said. The opened roadway will allow visitors to reach the popular Cholla Cactus Garden.

Thunderstorms rumbled across the region Sept. 13, creating torrents of water that tore up roads and flooded campgrounds.

Pinto Basin Road and Cottonwood Campground, both of which were hit hard in the storm, will remain closed, officials said.

Officials are hoping to reopen Pinto Basin Road in phases, but no dates have been announced.

MICHIGAN

Sun Communities Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT) that owns and operates manufactured housing and recreational vehicle communities, today (Oct. 3) announced its board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of 63 cents per share for the third quarter of 2011, according to a news release.

The dividend is payable Oct. 21 to shareholders of record Oct. 13. Sun Communities has 21.7 million shares outstanding.

Sun Communities Inc. is a REIT that currently owns and operates a portfolio of 155 communities comprising approximately 53,600 developed sites.

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