RV Park and Campground Briefs
From the Associated Press:
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has created a 16-member panel to ensure that the roles of state parks and recreation areas evolve to meet the needs of a changing population.
The Blue Ribbon Panel on State Parks and Outdoor Recreation will conduct a yearlong review of the 100 parks and recreation areas.
More than 25 million people visit those areas each year.
Snyder issued the executive order for the panel Sept. 23y on Mackinac Island. He says state parks are “integral to Michigan’s identity.”
Appointees will serve one-year terms.
Consumers Energy Co. executive Jon Allan of East Lansing and Michigan United Conservation Clubs Executive Director Erin McDonough of Williamston were named co-chairs of the panel.
From KSAZ-TV, Phoenix:
At least two person died in a motorhome fire Monday moring (Oct. 3) in Grand Canyon National Park.
The fire occurred just south of the entrance to the park.
Firefighters arrived on the scene to find the vehicle fully engulfed. After the fire was out, investigators realized there had been people inside the RV.
Investigators are trying to determine how many people perished inside. There's no information on the age or sex of the victims.
The Coconino County Medical Examiner will conduct autopsies on the remains. The National Park Service and the Flagstaff Fire Department are investigating.
From the Cherokee Chronicle Times:
The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors in northwest Iowa received an update on the next phase of the Martin Access expansion project from Cherokee County Conservation Director Ginger Walker on Sept. 27.
Walker requested funds from the board to help with the project that will feature 11 new recreational vehicle campsites. Each site will included water, sewer and electrical hookups, along with 16-foot-by-16-foot concrete pad that will have a grill, fire ring and table, along with a 75-foot pull-through driveway for RVs.
The new campsites will be located at the northern addition of Martin's Access, adjacent to were the cabins now are.
Walker estimated that the construction cost for the RV campsites would be $39,000. The board granted her request for $39,000 with funds from the Cherokee County Betterment Funds. Walker also estimated that camping costs at the RV campsites would be about $20 per night.
From The Oneida Daily Dispatch:
Many residents along Main Street in Sylvan Beach, N.Y., are breathing a sigh of relief after learning that the application for a proposed RV park in their neighborhood has been withdrawn.
The DJTB Properties proposal for a 60-site RV park has driven controversy for more than a year in the area, with neighboring residents expressing outrage over the possibility that an RV park could be constructed, as well as the 2009 change in zoning that could have allowed for it.
Village officials acknowledged the withdrawal of the application during a regular board meeting on Sept. 20, as well as the receipt of a petition signed by numerous local property owners requesting the zoning be reverted back to residential to ensure such a project could not again be proposed on the site.
The planning board denied the original application last year, citing an outdated zoning law that forbade campgrounds in residential districts. After an Article 78 was filed challenging the decision, the proposal was allowed to be resubmitted for consideration.
Residents in the area expressed concerns with potential issues including drainage, traffic, and safety — issues the planning board requested detailed engineering reports be submitted to address during their review process. The application was withdrawn before mitigation plans were submitted.
Residents are now turning their attention to zoning of the district, requesting that the planning board reverse the 2009 change and rezone the area for residential purposes only.
From the Arizona Daily Star:
Neville Proud likes to tell people they have entered "a highly emotional state; you can't find it on a GPS, but when you get here you know where you are."
He's referrring to his restaurant Florizona, the culinary centerpiece of the newly reborn Lazydays RV Campground that reopened recently in Tucson in the old Beaudry RV Resort at 3200 E. Irvington Road. Proud, who helped design the property for Beaudry in the late 1990s, is the general manager.
Florizona's menu includes entrees like I'm Feeling Saucy spaghetti and meatballs; Cheerful Chicken Marsala with rosemary-roasted potato wedges; and Feeling A Little Nutty apple-walnut salad with raspberry vinaigrette. Entrees run from $8.95 to $18.50 for the Glorious Mesquite-Grilled Rib Eye.
Florizona is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Brunch is offered 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays.
Lazydays operates a second RV resort in Tampa, Fla., where it is headquartered.
From KCAU-TV, Sioux City, Iowa:
It's been a slow journey but the Larson's Landing RV Park in Yankton is finally above water. And RVs have even moved in for some last minute camping before it gets too cold, a sign of things getting back to normal.
Doug Larson, owner of Larson's Landing, said, "By next year, by this time, you'll never know there was a flood here and everyone will be happy and camping again."
From the North County Times, San Diego:
Several local campgrounds, including two at Palomar Mountain State Park, were closed Sunday (Oct. 2) due to state budget restrictions, according to the California Department of Parks and Recreation.
At Palomar Mountain State Park, Doane Valley Campground and Cedar Grove Group Camp were closed, said Nedra Martinez, a spokeswoman for the department.
At Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, Green Valley Campground and Granite Springs Environmental Campground were closed, Martinez said.
An RV park is included in at least one of the three conceptual drawings for a new $15 million recreation park in North Myrtle Beach.
Conceptual plans were unveiled on Monday (Oct. 3).
The conceptual drawings contain many recreational fields for soccer, baseball and softball. Landscape Architect Mark Baker, who worked with city officials to draw up the plans, is also excited about the other parts of the plan.
“I think that the nature based recreation activities in the things like the meadows are really the things that create the opportunity for the most excitement — the amphitheater and the water and splash park,” Baker said.
Other areas sketched onto the designs include the RV Park, dog parks and a zipline.
Baker plans to work with his colleagues to clean up the designs and come back and present the new version at a meeting in November.
City leaders expect the construction to start on the project in the fall of next year with an estimated completion date of January 2014. The project is being paid for by a property tax increase.