RV Park and Campground Briefs
From WZZM-TV, Grand Rapids:
A man is in custody on weapons charges after a domestic situation and standoff in an Ionia County campground east of Grand Rapids.
Ionia Sherriff'd Deputies and Michigan State Police were called to the Lakeside Resort Campground at about 10 p.m. Thursday (June 21) on a domestic argument. Witnesses told police that the man had been arguing with other campers and was armed with a shotgun. The man retreated into a camper trailer before police arrived.
Officers set up a perimeter and after trying to make contact with the man, they deployed their entry team. The man was taken into custody peacefully.
The man was lodged at the Ionia County Jail and will be charged with weapons violations.
From the Coos Bay World:
Hundreds of motorhomes and trailers are filling the empty lot next to the Mill Casino and Hotel as the Family Motor Coach Association's (FMCA) Northwest Area Rally gets under way on Thursday (June 21). This is the FMCA's first rally in Coos Bay.
About 1,000 RVers are participating in the rally.
They’ll have opportunities to tour local attractions, see a movie in the Marshfield High School auditorium, see the bay with Betty Kay Charters, golf at Bandon Crossings, roar around the dunes with Spinreel Dune Buggy and ATV and feast at a Coquille Indian salmon bake.
Although those activities are available only to the association’s members, the public is welcome to an RV show and vendor expo. Show coaches will be open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday on Ko-Kwel Wharf, and the vendor expo will be open in the Salmon Room 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today and Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.
From the Shelby Star:
Moss Lake Campground is hosting a national field day on Saturday (June 23) for the Cleveland County Amateur Radio Service (CCARS).
The amateur radio “hams” provide critical backup for local, state and national emergency organizations.
The public is invited to the campground to learn about the new capabilities of ham radio operators.
At this annual event, CCARS will also offer instructions for attendees to obtain their own Federal Communications Commission (FCC) licenses, and people will be able to communicate with the group’s radios.
On Saturday night, the group will attempt to contact all of the 50 states because “if it were a real natural disaster, that’s the only way you can communicate,” said Hodges.
“We will camp out in trailers and tents, and our station will be on a battery and a generator,” said Hodges. This will simulate the conditions of a natural disaster, when electricity may not be available.
From the Adirondack Daily Enterprise:
On the weekend of June 9, state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) police made one arrest and issued numerous tickets related to an incident at the DEC Hearthstone Campground in the town of Lake George.
Anthony McPhillips, 21, of East Greenbush, was charged with disorderly conduct, failure to register as a camper, failure to comply and failure to observe quiet hours, all violations. McPhillips faces up to $1,000 in fines and up to 60 days in jail.
In the same incident, 26 youths from Rensselaer County, ranging in age from 16 to 20 were issued appearance tickets for underage possession of alcohol. The violation has a maximum possible penalty of $250 in fines and up to 15 days in jail.
Four of the youths were charged with additional violations:
- One was charged with failure to register and failure to comply, for a combined maximum possible penalty of $750 and 45 days in jail.
- Another was charged with littering on state land, for a combined maximum possible penalty of $750 and 45 days in jail.
- Two others were charged with possession of marijuana, for a combined maximum possible penalty of $500 and 30 days in jail for each of the defendants.
All of the tickets were returnable to the town of Lake George court.
DEC warns high school graduates and others that the possession of alcohol by underage persons is prohibited at DEC campgrounds and on all state lands.
From the Aiken Standard:
The Aiken County Planning Commission has recommended that the county council not change its density and setback regulations for campground and recreational vehicle parks to make them less restrictive.
On Thursday (June 21), the commission unanimously shot down the changes that the council proposed, believing that the existing regulations are satisfactory.
The council proposed that a campground and RV park be a minimum of two acres instead of five, that maximum density not exceed 12 vehicles or campsites per acre instead of 10 and that minimum setbacks, among others, be 30 feet from a local street and 20 feet from other RVs and other structures.
County Planning and Development Director Stephen Strohminger said the council considered making the changes after hearing from a "very vocal citizenry" asking for variances from the regulations.
"I can just see the next meeting when citizens realize they can have an RV park on the lot next to them. They're not going to be real happy with us," said Commissioner Terri Turner. "I don't look good in tar and feathers."