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Bernanke Signals Fed Gearing Up to Do More

Ben Bernanke Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke offered a robust defense of the effectiveness of the central bank’s easy-money policies in his speech today (Aug. 31) at the Fed conference, and left little doubt that he is looking toward doing more to give the economy a lift at the Fed’s next policy meeting in September. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, Bernanke also flagged deep worries about the pace of the economic recovery, calling it “far from satisfactory” and cited concerns... Read more

America’s Largest RV Show is Ready to Open

With the opening of “America’s Largest RV Show” less than two weeks away, organizers are anticipating a banner edition for the annual event that traditionally provides a timely checkup regarding the RV industry’s overall health, RVBUSINESS.COM reported. “The show has always provided a fine testing ground for new products, which the vast majority will be 2013 model year,” said Rebecca Lenington, executive vice president of the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA) which sponsors... Read more

Leavitt Stands by Jumping Pillow Coverage

Jumping pillows — fun but sometimes risky for adventuresome campers and a concern for campground owners. Leavitt Recreation & Hospitality Insurance (LRHI) announced it will continue to provide policies without a “jumping pillow” exclusion. This commitment comes after a major insurance carrier in the RV park and campground industry recently communicated that “jumping pillows” will be excluded on their renewal policy, through conditional renewal, due to a high incidence of claims... Read more

More Details on Fatal Yosemite Park Illnesses

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has provided more details on the six cases of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) – or more specifically Sin Nombre virus (SNV) – that originated in Yosemite Valley. As reported by examiner.com, four of the recent Yosemite National Park visitors, including both fatalities, lodged in the “signature cabins” – operated by Delaware North Companies (DNC) – in the Boystown area of Curry Village between June 10 and Aug. 24, one... Read more

New York State Park Visits Rise 5.6% in 2012

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced that nearly 43.7 million people visited state parks and historic sites from Jan. 1 through the last weekend of August – a 2.3 million increase in visits over 2011, WKTV-TV, Utica, reported. "It is gratifying that so many people continue to enjoy and appreciate the New York state park system year after year," State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey said. "New Yorkers are fortunate to have such high-quality... Read more

Report: Rising Sea Levels Threaten Beaches

There are nearly 300 miles of Atlantic shoreline protected as part of the National Park system. This includes Cape Cod, Fire Island, Assateague Island, Cape Hatteras, Cape Lookout, Cumberland Island and Canaveral. The beaches attract 11 million visitors each year, putting nearly half a billion dollars into local economies. But a new report from the Natural Resource Defense Council and the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization outlines how these places Americans have pledged to preserve are changing... Read more

California Lawmakers Halt State Park Closings

In the continuing fallout from the state parks funding scandal, the California Legislature on Thursday (Aug. 30) approved a two-year moratorium on park closures and proposed allocating $30 million to keep them operating, the Los Angeles Times reported. The parks bill goes to Gov. Jerry Brown for final action, a month after parks officials admitted that agency employees had stashed away $54 million even as the administration was cutting services and threatening to close dozens of parks. The department's... Read more

Southeast Publications at NASPD Convention

Southeast Publications will be showcasing the Travel Search Engine MobileRVing.com and MobileRVing Mobile App at the 2012 National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD) Conference in Lexington, Ky., Sept. 4-7. “Southeast Publications is proud to be associated with the NASPD," Carlene Morris, vice president of Tamarac, Fla.-based Southeast Publications, stated in a news release. “We are able to present our Guest Guides and new technology to all of the state parks and show them why Southeast... Read more

Lake Rudolph Resort Sets Halloween Schedule

This season's Halloween T-shirt available through Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort. Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort in Santa Claus, Ind., is hosting seven Halloween-themed weekends every Friday and Saturday beginning on Sept. 14 and ending on Oct. 27. The 12th Annual Lake Rudolph Halloween Weekends will feature games for all ages including the Rudy’s kid’s carnival, Hadi Shrine Clowns, pumpkin decorating, Hallo-TEEN games, and Mummy’s bingo party, according to a news release. Kids... Read more

Mayor: City's Beachfront RV Park Plan Alive

Recreational vehicles are unlikely to make an appearance on the beaches of Wildwood, N.J., this summer, but that doesn’t mean Wildwood isn’t adding other beach amenities designed to turn the city’s ever-growing free beach into a money maker, the Press of Atlantic City reported. For instance, staff members from Ocean Innovations were setting up water cannons for oceanfront water battles Thursday (Aug. 30) on the beach at Rio Grande Avenue here, giving beachgoers another activity to try. This... Read more

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