The Latest RV Park and Campground Briefs
From the Rockport Pilot:
The Fulton Town Council approved rezoning 4.2699 acres at 1508 Lone Star Road from residential to business to allow for construction of an RV park during their Jan. 15 meeting. The approval followed the recommendation of the Fulton Planning and Zoning Committee.
During the December meeting, Randall Rowe, owner of the Lone Star Road property, said he plans to place 21 RV sites at the property. “These sites will be a little bigger than other RV sites,” said Rowe at the time. “Our site will presently be primarily for winter Texans.”
From Charlottesville Tomorrow, Charlottesville:
The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors denied an application for a 48-space camping facility on the banks of the James and Rockfish rivers in Howardsville.
The denial came in the form of a 3-3 vote Jan. 16.
“The Howardsville community is in complete unity in their opposition to this proposal,” said attorney Steve Blaine, who represented an adjacent landowner.
However, the applicant said the opposition was unwarranted and would prevent a recreational amenity for the county.
“I’m up against people who don’t want to hear children laughing and playing,” said Roger Nelson, the man who would be general manager of the site.
The board’s denial of the campsite came despite the Planning Commission’s unanimous recommendation for approval after a public hearing in November.
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From The Salt Lake Tribune:
Rangers at Zion National Park have fined a photographer accused of offering guided tours for profit.
Steven Sieren paid a $500 fine for operating a business in the park without a license, according to a press release from park managers.
The press release said rangers received a tip about Sieren operating a commercial business in the park and contacted him as he was attempting to buy a permit to hike The Subway.
"He later admitted to investigating rangers that he was operating an advertised commercial photography workshop in the park and was planning on leading one into the wilderness," the press release states.
Rangers issued the fine on Dec. 4.
Sieren runs a website with a lot of photos of Zion. As of Friday, his website also advertised photography workshops in national parks in California.
Here is a tip for anyone wanting to pay for a guided tour of a national park: Ask the guide if he or she is properly licensed.
From CBS News, Miami:
The state’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is making it easier for Florida’s foster kids to enjoy the great outdoors.
The DEP has partnered up with state child welfare officials to give thousands of foster kids free passes to state parks this year.
The agencies donated 15,000 state park passes for foster families to use in Florida’s 171 state parks and trails in 2013.
Officials said learning about nature is a great way to strengthen families.
Department of Children and Families Secretary David Wilkins said he wants foster children to have the same experiences as other children including enjoying sports and other outdoor activities.
Last year, DCF created the “Fostering Florida’s Future” initiative aimed at better recruiting foster parents. Part of the initiative provides normal activities to children in care so they can have the same experiences as any child.