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New Del. RV Park Hears Ecological Voices

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New RV park planned for near the Delaware coast.

A 162-acre property on Love Creek, west of Lewes, Del., will have everything the modern RV camper could want: swimming pools, a fitness club, water views, paddle boats and cabins.

It also has two endangered species, naturalists point out – the barking treefrog and the Eastern tiger salamander – as well as the Cope’s gray treefrog, a rare but not endangered animal.

None of them are federally protected species, and Delaware’s ecology laws don’t stand in the way of developing the land. But environmentalists are hoping the developer goes well beyond what the law requires in trying to preserve habitat for the animals, The News Journal, Wilmington, reported.

“We’re not trying to attack the landowner, by any means. We understand people’s rights,” said Jim White, an associate director at the Delaware Nature Society. “We just believe this particular parcel is one of those few that should be protected.”

The campground, designed by developer Jack Lingo Asset Management, would accommodate 451 recreational vehicles and 157 families in cabins, along with a handful of tent sites. Nick Hammonds, a principal with the company, said the first of three phases of construction likely would be done by the summer of 2015, assuming the project gets approvals for rezoning and conditional use of land from Sussex County government.

“Ideally, what we’re hoping for is a more seasonal campground,” Hammonds said. “Someone can come and park their camper in April and remove it in October … We think it’s a destination. We’re bringing it here because it’s a high-end project. We know, from talking to other parks, that the demand is there.”

Click here to read an earlier story in Woodall's Campground Management about this park.

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