Latest Briefs from RV Parks and Campgrounds
From The Gadsen Times:
The Alabama legislature has paved the way for a new resort to be built on 29 acres of state-owned land at Gulf Shores State Park.
The bill allows Gov. Robert Bentley flexibility to work with a projects committee to decide the best way to build a major resort that would replace the state-owned lodge that was destroyed by Hurricane Ivan in 2004.
Before the bill was passed Thursday, the governor announced that $85.5 million of BP oil settlement funds will be used on the hotel development and other enhancements at Gulf State Park. Those funds are not part of the proposed BP oil spill lawsuit proceeds.
If the resort is built, the State Parks should realize an unspecified percentage of the income for their annual budget.
From WSYX–TV, Columbus:
Authorities say a western Ohio man died after the riding mower he was operating apparently tipped over into a lake and trapped him. Clark County sheriff's Sgt. Chad Brown said 66-year-old David Swadener was pronounced dead at a Dayton hospital after the accident Wednesday(May 1) at a campground near Springfield.
Brown said no one knows how long Swadener was in the water. He was last seen at about 10 a.m. Wednesday on the Bass Lake Campground property. Three men discovered the mower, overturned in the water, just after 5 p.m. They hooked up a chain to a pick-up truck to flip the mower. Brown said Swadener lived at the 42-acre campground until recently and did odd jobs.
From WSYR–TV, Syracuse:
Thousands of volunteers are expected to participate in this year’s “I Love My Park Day” on Saturday (May 4) — a day devoted to the clean up and beautification of state parks throughout New York.
This is the event’s second year, which has grown from just 40 participating parks and historic sites to 77.
1,000 volunteers have already pre-registered for the event, with more than 4,000 volunteers expected.
From The Deseret News:
Chevron's pipeline that runs adjacent to I-15 at Willard Bay State Park has once again been idled, this time for failing a pressurization test.
The failure happened between Bear River and Ogden in a stress test conducted Monday under the supervision of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration.
Gareth Johnstone, a Chevron spokesman, said the standard operating pressure of the pipeline is 1,870 pounds per square inch and it failed at 2,606 pounds per square inch — or within 2.3% of the range where the pipeline would be expected to fail.
Still, the failure means more investigation for Chevron and more scrutiny for the 760-mile pipeline that runs from Salt Lake City and ultimately ends in Spokane, Wash.
Federal investigators believe a failure of the seam in a section of the pipeline caused a March 18 spill of an estimated 600 barrels of diesel fuel. The diesel saturated some wetlands, contaminated nearby groundwater and some trickled into Willard Bay.
Since then, the northern half of the bay and the state park's north marina and campground have been closed, creating frustration for the Utah State Division of Parks and Recreation.
"We are coming up on the busiest part of the season and this is the third most visited park in our system," said spokeswoman Deena Loyal. "It is a huge impact to us, our revenues, to have this park closed."
Loyal said the park will remain closed through the Memorial Day weekend and the division is just taking it day by day after that.
The park is accepting reservations for June, but that also remains a flexible situation as well.
The agency noted that removing the water from the treatment area has dried up the beaver ponds, where six beavers have been rescued. The animals continue to recover at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah.
From the West Virginia Record Law Journal:
A Belle woman is suing Burdette Camping Center Inc. near Winfield for injuries she sustained from a runaway camper.
On June 16, 2011, Mary Ann Pritt was a business invitee on the defendant’s property when she went inside a camper to have a look around, according to a complaint filed April 12 in Putnam Circuit Court.
Pritt claims while she was touring the camper it began to roll across the parking lot.
Fearing the camper would roll over a hillside, Pritt ran to the front of the camper and jumped out the door, which caused her to sustain injuries, according to the suit.
Pritt claims Burdette owed a duty to her and the general public to act with reasonable care, so as to prevent the camper from moving while customers were inside.
The defendant breached its duty by permitting a hazardous condition to exist, by failing to warn customers of the hazardous condition and by failing to employ appropriate measures to ensure than such hazardous conditions would be remediated and not permitted to exist, according to the suit.
Pritt claims Burdette had actual and/or constructive knowledge of the dangerous condition and the unreasonable risk of harm it posed to invitees.
As a result of Burdette’s actions, Pritt incurred medical expenses; suffered pain and suffering; physical limitations; a diminished capacity to enjoy life; annoyance and inconvenience; lost wages; permanent impairment; and other consequences and damages, according to the suit.
Pritt is seeking compensatory and punitive damages with pre- and post-judgment interest.