RV Park and Campground Briefs
The new Van Pugh South Campground on Lake Lanier northeast of Atlanta has opened with 55 sites, 37 of which are served by water and electricity. There are 18 “primitive” tent-only spots.
Van Pugh South Campground is open through Labor Day weekend.
The campground is expected to reopen next year from March 6 through Nov. 23.
From KSDK-TV, Cape Girardeau:
A 44-year-old Shannon County man pleaded guilty Tuesday (June 12) to growing marijuana on his property, which included campgrounds, used for weekend music festivals, U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan said.
According to court documents, between 2004 and October 2010, James Tebeau owned and operated a campground consisting of approximately 350 acres known as Camp Zoe.
Tebeau would host music festivals at Camp Zoe, which he called "Schwagstock" or "Spookstock," advertising the events in several publications. Tebeau admitted to being aware that the term "schwag" was slang for marijuana, but said he did not participate in drug sales conducted on campgrounds nor did he receive funds from those sales.
Prosecutors said James Tebeau charged each person who attended a music festival at his campground $60 admission. Attendance ranged from a low of 3,600 campers during April festivals to nearly 8,000 campers for festivals in May.
In August 2006, troopers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested two people for selling illegal mushroom at Camp Zoe. During the ensuing four year investigation, undercover authorities said they made more than 150 purchases of marijuana, psychedelic mushrooms, ecstasy, cocaine, LSD, MDMA, opium, moonshine liquor and products like homemade cookies and cakes containing hashish oil. These undercover officers reported observing between 100 and 200 drug dealers at each festival, estimating the amount of illegal drugs sold at Camp Zoe during a typical "Schwagstock" festival at approximately $500,000.
James Tebeau said he was aware of the drug use at Camp Zoe, but told his staff to eject people selling crack cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin or nitrous oxide gas.
Tebeau pleaded guilty to one felony count of maintaining a drug involved premise. In exchange for his plea agreement, federal prosecutors conceded that Tebeau did not intend to sell or use drugs himself, but made his campgrounds available for sellers and users.
Tebeau's agreed sentence should be 30 months in prison with the ability to appeal the district court's denial of motion to dismiss the indictment. Tebeau also agreed to forfeit 350 acres in Shannon County. He will be sentenced Sept. 4.
From CFTK-TV, Terrace, British Ciolumbia:
Upgrades could be on their way at the Ferry Island Campground in Terrace, but at a cost to taxpayers.
At Monday's council meeting, councillors discussed an electrical upgrade to the campground which would include providing power to an additional 12 sites.
That would cost the city $26,000.
Councillor Brian Downie brought the upgrade forward saying it would be beneficial to the people who will be visiting the city for the Minerals North event in 2013.
Council passed a motion to raise the cost of camping at the electrically-serviced sites.
Right now, the campground includes 103 campsites, with 26 of them providing electrical services.
Construction at the campsites is to begin this summer.
From the Lake County News-Sun:
Fire broke out Tuesday at Grass Lake Landing RV Park, destroying three mobile homes and a boat, and causing damage to several other residences.
No one was injured in the fire, which was called in to the Antioch Fire Department at about 11:39 a.m. by a resident of the marina’s small trailer park, located at 26250 W. Heart O Lakes Blvd., in a residential area on the southwest side of the village.
Grass Lake Landing, a nearby restaurant that shares the same address, was unaffected by the blaze. Early estimates indicate damage of more than $100,000. One resident reported a missing cat. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.