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October 23, 2012 by   - () Leave a Comment

Ralph and Janine Sharp

FLORIDA

From a news release:

Everglades Isle, one of Florida’s premier luxury motorcoach resorts, announced the hiring of Ralph and Janine Sharp as associate resort managers. They will be responsible for Everglades Isle’s customer concierge service for residents, rental guests and rallies at the resort, the semi-private Lighthouse Club and the marina.

Both are longtime RVers and currently own a Tiffin Phaeton, which will be their on-site home. Ralph has over 30 years of management experience with Chrysler, and Janine retired from being a beautician. They also recently managed properties in Naples and Sarasota, Fla., and Grapevine, Texas.

The Sharps will be in residence daily at the resort beginning in November.

Everglades Isle is 35 miles south of Naples and offers 60 sites for sale or rent. Located on the Barron River, it is a boating and fishing paradise, and every site has its own private boat dock with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico. The Lighthouse Club includes a pool, spa, fitness center and movie theater. Visit www.evergladesisle.com for more details.

GEORGIA

From the Atlanta Business Chronicle:

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is turning up its efforts to market the state’s parks, lodges, historic sites and golf courses.

The agency issued a request for proposals Oct. 22 for a marketing and advertising consultant to develop a strategic marketing plan for the state Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites Division.

Interested bidders must be registered in the Team Georgia Marketplace to view and respond to the bid. For more information, click here.

The deadline to submit bids is 3 p.m. Nov. 15.

The initial contract will be for one year, with four one-year renewal options.

The marketing plan also will include the SAM Shortline Excursion Train, which runs from Cordele, Ga., to President Jimmy Carter’s boyhood home west of Plains, Ga.

INDIANA

From the Evansville Courier & Press:

Former Indiana Gov. Edgar Whitcomb is selling a 144-acre plot with three cabins he built and a view he calls "heaven" to the state.

Approaching his 95th birthday, he hosted Gov. Mitch Daniels, Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman and dozens of other neighbors, friends and family members on Monday in Rome, the tiny Ohio River town in Perry County that he calls home.

For the last seven years, he's lived there along with his friend, Evelyn Gayer, who he says is "the boss" these days. It's beautiful now, but was a fixer-upper — rusted out and with some of its walls already gone — when he bought it and had it remodeled.

The Edgar D. Whitcomb Nature Park and Retreat in Perry County will become a reality after the 144-acre property was sold to the state for $300,000 — "about half the appraised value" — where it sits on the Ohio River with the Hoosier National Forest surrounding it.

"Look around and see the beauty of it," he said.

The house is much larger than the three cabins that dot the 144 acres nestled on the edge of the Hoosier National Forest that he is handing over to Indiana — a place he'd moved to spend his days writing books without distractions, fishing and living in what he still calls "heaven."

Click here to read the entire story.

CALIFORNIA

From the Associated Press:

National Park Service officials say it may not be feasible to create one, large national park that combines existing parks in the mountains encircling parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Spokeswoman Anne Dove said Monday a study of the move is in its early phases and the department will host seven public meetings to discuss preliminary findings.

Officials hope to find ways to conserve corridors of wilderness in the mountains encircling the San Fernando, La Crescenta, Santa Clarita, Simi, and Conejo valleys.

The preliminary report also calls for public input on several alternative recommendations, including one plan that would call for partnership between public and private landowners.

A draft study report is expected to be complete by 2014.

WASHINGTON, D.C.

From a press release:

The U.S. Forest Service is waiving fees at most of its day-use recreation sites over the Veterans Day holiday weekend, Nov. 10-12.

The fee waivers – the fourth this year — are offered in cooperation with other federal agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. Day-use fees will be waived at all standard amenity fee sites operated by the Forest Service. Concessionaire operated day-use sites may be included in the waiver if the permit holder wishes to participate.

“This is our way of saying thanks to the brave men and women – past and present – who put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe at home,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. “We encourage veterans, their families and all visitors to take time out over the holiday weekend to enjoy the benefits that nature provides at forests and grasslands throughout the country.”

The fee waiver days support the goals of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative and First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move Outside.”

Traditionally, fees are not charged on 98% of national forests and grasslands, and approximately two-thirds of developed recreation sites in national forests and grasslands can be used for free. Many recreation opportunities such as camping, sightseeing and hiking can be enjoyed throughout the year at no cost.

The Forest Service operates approximately 17,000 developed recreation sites nationwide. Of those, approximately 6,000 require recreation fees, which are used to provide visitor services, repairs and replacements, and facilities maintenance.

COLORADO

From the Mineral County Miner, Creede:

Roland Zimmermann announced the expansion of the Mountain Views at Rivers Edge RV Park and Resort to the new Mountain Views Village.

Zimmermann has long considered the need for more retail space and homes in the Mineral County area, and purchased the village property in June. He said, “I think Creede needs it and our park needs it.”

The Village at Mountain Views will include storage buildings, a Laundromat, hair salon and car wash. The storage buildings are the first part of the plan to be put in along with the infrastructure.

Retail shops will be included. One of the final parts of the project will be the installation of the miniature golf range.

Construction will continue for now until the weather prevents them from working. In the spring work will restart and Zimmermann believes that they may be able to get two or three model homes in within the year.

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