The Latest RV Park and Campground Briefs
From the Herald-Dispatch, Huntington, W. Va.:
The Kentucky state parks are looking for volunteers to serve as campground hosts during the spring, summer and fall of 2013.
Campground hosts perform a number of duties such as checking in campers, making sure camping areas, picnic areas and bathrooms are clean, answering questions and a variety of other duties. In return, campground hosts receive free camping at the host property during their tenure.
Hosts will be given a criminal background check and should possess a valid driver’s license.
The Kentucky state parks operate 31 campgrounds across the state from April through October.
Visit www.parks.ky.gov and look under “Park News” to download an application.
From the Times-Republican, Marshalltown:
By the middle of this summer, a design for the proposed new campground at Green Castle Recreation Area is due to be complete.
Plans are for the park south of Ferguson to be upgraded with a $1 million campground which would include 40 to 60 campsites, electrical and water, a shower house/restroom facility and new playground equipment.
“It would be a full amenity campground,” Mike Stegmann, director of the Marshall County Conservation Board told the Board of Supervisors during a meeting Tuesday. “We’re ready to move forward with that project.”
From the Daily News, Longview:
Rainier city officials are thinking up ways to lure more anglers and river lovers to town.
The empty lot behind the city’s sewage treatment plant could be turned into an 18-spot dry (no hookups) RV park. It would be open year round but is aimed at offering seasonal anglers prime real estate along the Columbia River. Spaces would rent for $20 a night, and City Administrator Debbie Dudley estimates the park could earn the city an extra $20,000 a year.
“The city is trying to come up with a way to raise revenue without increasing taxes or rates,” Dudley said. “Periodically, we have people ask where they can park in Rainier. So we’re trying to accommodate short-stay and short-term visitors.”
It’s still in the planning stage, but Dudley hopes the park could be in place by summer. It should cost less than $1,000, which would be mainly to gravel and mark the lot.
Mayor Jerry Cole said the extra money could be used to offset park expenses. The city currently spends about $100,000 a year maintaining its park, marina and boat launch. City officials also say the site could bring added revenue to area businesses.
“We’re excited about being able to generate revenue and increase the economic return to businesses,” Dudley said. “It’s a win-win. … But a lot will depend on if the public is receptive to it.”
From the Laguna Beach Patch:
United States Border Patrol agents were patrolling the ocean off Laguna Beach early Monday (Feb. 4) and observed a panga-style fishing boat near Crystal Cove State Park.
The boat came ashore, and agents observed seven men exiting the boat and unload bundles onto the beach.
Two additional men exited a nearby GMC Yukon vehicle and assisted in unloading the bundles from the panga.
Agents responded to the beach and were able to detain nine men and recovered 26 bundles of marijuana.
The bundles weighed 1,196.8 pounds and had an estimated street value of $1,795,200.
All nine suspects and narcotics were turned over to Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation.
The GMC Yukon and panga were seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.
From National Parks Traveler:
After watching several boat captains swim to shore after dropping off passengers and gear at Elliott Key Harbor for camping, Biscayne National Park officials have decided to close the harbor and campground to prevent possible drownings.
Three boat slips in Elliott Key Harbor were opened last weekend to provide short-term access for unloading and loading passengers and gear. The intention was that after using the slips, captains would anchor outside the harbor and reach the shore via vessels that can be hand carried to and from the shoreline, such as canoes, kayaks or other small boats. However, after opening the slips, park officials observed numerous boat captains using the slips to unload, then anchoring outside the harbor and attempting to swim to shore, the park said in a release.
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