The Latest RV Park and Campground Briefs
From The Paducah Sun:
Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area (LBL) will have to cut $1 million from its annual operating budget to comply with the U.S. Forest Service’s reduction in budgets for all national facilities.
When the Forest Service announced the cuts in February, LBL saw a 37.5% cut, amounting to a loss of $800,000 from annual upkeep funding.
LBL spokeswoman Denise Schmittou told The Paducah Sun that some smaller roads along with Jones Creek and Rushing Creek campgrounds will be closed. Maintenance of the campgrounds will cease, and they will be allowed to return to their natural state. Camping access will not be allowed, but they still will be accessible by foot for day use.
The park plans to keep lake access open through the Jones Creek boat ramp.
From WNDU-TV, South Bend:
A city councilman in Elkhart, Ind., is questioning an agreement Elkhart made with the RV/MH Hall of Fame.
Republican David Henke sent a copy to the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance for review.
He says the agreement should have been approved by the city council rather than the city's board of public works.
The Elkhart Truth reports the deal gives the nonprofit a discounted rate on certain utility fees and forgives a $115,000 debt in return for the hall's agreement to start making regular payments. The Truth says the hall had refused to pay the fees for several years because of its nonprofit status.
Mayor Dick Moore, a Democrat, says the city had to make the bargain to get the hall to start making payments.
The hall didn't return a call seeking comment.
From The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.:
Contrary to what state hunting regulations say, hunters won't be allowed to bait grizzly bears in part of Denali National Park and Preserve next spring.
At least not if the National Park Service has anything to say about it.
Responding to changes in state hunting regulations that would make it legal to bait grizzly bears in three different national preserves in the Interior starting next spring the National Park Service is seeking to change those regulations — as well as others — to make it illegal on federal land. The three preserves are Denali National Preserve, Wrangell-St. Elias National Preserve and Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve.
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From WOGX-TV, Gainesville:
A beautiful piece of property off the St. Johns River that’s also a big fishing spot belongs to the Lemon Bluff RV Park, but WOGX reports Volusia County is going to purchase it and remove the RV park.
According to the news report, the county is buying the property for $605,000, as part of the ECHO program's water access acquisition plan.
WOGX says 30 RV owners are just finding out they will have to go.
From a news release:
Sun Communities Inc., a real estate investment trust based in Southfield, Mich., that owns and operates manufactured housing and recreational vehicle communities, announced its board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of 63 cents per share of common stock for the fourth quarter of 2012. The dividend is payable Jan. 18, 2013, to shareholders of record Dec. 31, 2012.
The board also declared a dividend of $0.30182 per share on the company's 7.125% Series A Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock, which was issued on Nov. 14, 2012. The dividend payment represents, on an annualized basis, a dividend of $1.78125 per share. The dividend will be paid on Jan. 15, 2013, to shareholders of record on Jan. 2, 2013.