Judge Orders Campground Owner to Reduce Sites
A superior court judge has ordered the owner of the Tispaquin Family Camp Area in Middleboro, Mass., to reduce camper units by 10 a week until she reaches 57, the number permitted by the town.
Town Manager Charles J. Cristello said Superior Court Judge Robert C. Cosgrove found campground owner Barbara A. Holton in contempt. He ordered her to comply with a 2011 preliminary injunction, The Enterprise, Brockton, reported.
Holton said she’s looking for a postponement of the order.
“We haven’t decided how we can do it and when we can do it,” said Holton, whose campground is at 68 Purchase St. “Until we can decide who goes or who stays, if anyone at all, we’re kind of in limbo.”
Holton was found in contempt because she did not comply with a 2011 injunction that sided with the town in a long-running dispute over how many campers are allowed at her 40-acre campground.
Holton was granted a permit for 57 sites in 1984; she doubles up camper units on the sites. The town maintains 57 sites mean 57 campers and have found Holton in violation of her permit.
Holton disagrees, saying more than one unit is allowed on a site. Holton said there are 103 campers on her 40-acre campground, but Town Counsel Daniel F. Murray said officials recently counted 109.
Selectmen, acting as the Board of Health, have refused to issue Holton an annual license to operate since 2002, citing an inadequate septic system. Holton says her septic system is grandfathered by the state.
Holton filed suit against the town for withholding her permit on the grounds it is a civil rights violation.