RV Park and Campground Briefs
From the Ventura County Star:
A Santa Paula man was killed and four people were injured Sunday morning (Jan. 15) after a vehicle hit a motorhome parked at the Faria Beach Campground in Ventura, California Highway Patrol officials said.
Officers said 20-year old Abram Pineda of Santa Paula was driving southbound on Highway 101 in the 5000 block of west Pacific Coast Highway at about 5:40 a.m. when he lost control of the vehicle and drove off the main road.
The vehicle's right front end struck a motorhome that was parked on the right shoulder, which then struck a parked trailer.
The passenger in the vehicle, Victor Arenas, 20, died at the scene, CHP officials said.
Pineda tried to flee the scene on foot but was detained by witnesses, officials said. The collision is still under investigation, but CHP officials said alcohol is believed to be a factor in the accident.
Pineda was arrested, but CHP officials have not determined his charges.
Another passenger in the vehicle, 20-year old Anthony Daniel Saenz of Santa Paula sustained minor injuries. The passengers in the motorhome, 72-year old Peggy Booth and 66-year old James Booth of Oxnard also sustained minor injuries.
A passenger in the trailer, 56-year old Clara Glanville of Fillmore, also sustained minor injuries.
All five people were taken to Ventura County Medical Center where they were treated for injuries, county fire department officials said.
An autopsy to determine Arenas' cause of death will be done today, said James Baroni, Ventura County chief deputy medical examiner.
From The KeysNet:
The Marathon City Council met in regular session Jan. 10 and unanimously approved a conditional use for a high-end, eight-unit RV park for the owners of the Marathon Marina and Lazy Days South restaurant on 11th Street.
The ownership group has demolished six trailers that were there in hopes of opening the park on a .92-acre lot adjacent to the restaurant.
City records say the owners have repaired the seawall and installed fencing. They also built a 6,247-square-foot pool and deck area and a 1,050-square-foot bathroom facility.
Dennis Zecca and his partners purchased the Flamingo Inn on Grassy Key and transferred eight of its 12 transient building rights to the 11th Street site. The city has a moratorium in place on new hotel-room allocations.
From The Alva Review-Courier:
With an oil exploration and drilling boom going on, the airport commission authorized a two-point study to see if airport property can be used to create an RV park near the old VFW building and the area west of the fairgrounds could be used for a “temporary” man-camp.
Airport commissioners authorized Steven Brown to work a deal for private contractors to lease space near the old VFW building to create a recreational vehicle facility. When the survey and drilling phases are complete and the workers move on, the facility could be used for RV owners who attend fairs, rodeos, livestock shows and other events at the fairgrounds and/or other events in the Alva community.
The man camp is another issue because of the temporary nature of these facilities. Each one could require from two to six acres, Brown told the airport commissioners. One suggestion is to allow it along the north-south gravel road [CR430] on the west side of the fairgrounds. That would take minimal agricultural land out of production. The status of the rodeo facility planned for that area by Northwest Oklahoma State University last year would also need to be explored.
In the meantime, Tucker is to communicate with the FAA to be sure all the proposed facilities are in compliance with their multitude of regulations. Also of consideration are efforts to preserve the last remaining vestiges of the WWII Prisoner of War Camp. Among suggestions offered to Tucker from recent visitors were to convert the currently-vacant VFW/restaurant building into a museum. It is the last remaining structure of the camp.
From the Silver City Sun-News:
Three campgrounds in the Silver City Ranger District have been temporarily closed because of icy and snow-packed conditions.
Iron Creek Campground, off Highway 152 in the Black Range Mountains, Cherry Creek Campground, and McMillan Campground, both off Highway 15 have all been temporarily closed. All other campgrounds remain open.
The three campgrounds all receive very little direct sunshine during the day and all are above 7,000 feet in elevation, allowing ice and snow from past storms to remain for long periods of time.
"As soon as ice in the campground sites starts to significantly melt and conditions improve, the campgrounds will be reopened," said Bob Schiowitz, acting recreation specialist for the Silver City Ranger District.
Campers are reminded especially during winter to enter all open campgrounds slowly and evaluate campground conditions before choosing a campsite.
"All our campgrounds above 7,000 feet continue to have snow and slushy conditions," Schiowitz said. "Drive slow when entering and leaving the campground areas to avoid sliding on packed snow or ice."