The Current RV Park and Campground Briefs
From KSFY-TV, Sioux Falls:
Police have released the name of the man who was swept away in the Missouri River early on June 14.
Anthony J. Campbell, 25, was wading in the water on a sandbar when he was swept away by the current. A female who was with Campbell tried to pull him back, but he was pulled under by the strong Missouri River currents.
The water in the river travels over 12 mph and moves in different directions making the currents unpredictable.
The manager at the Scenic Park campgrounds in South Sioux City heard the screams and called 9-1-1 just before 4 a.m. Dakota City Fire and Rescue has two boats in the water for two hours before they pulled the boats out of the water.
The Yankton Dive Team arrived around 11am and are searching the area. Members of the Department of Natural Resources from Nebraska and Iowa have also joined in the search. They hope to be able to use sonar to locate the man's body. At this point authorities are calling this a recovery effort.
From North Country Now, Potsdam:
The state Senate has passed legislation, sponsored by Sen. Betty Little, that would address the law governing removal of disruptive campground guests.
Little, R-Queensbury, represents Parishville, Lawrence, Clare, Colton, Hopkinton and Piercefield, an area that includes Higley Flow State Park in Colton and its 128 campsites.
The law currently does not specifically address campground users, and courts have traditionally applied varying standards to the issue, including landlord-tenant law.
“This legislation would provide the grounds for why a person could be asked to leave a campground,” said Little. “The purpose is to provide clarity, clear parameters and a legal process to follow. It would bring campgrounds in line with what can be done at hotels and motels when guests become disruptive and a threat to other guests.”
The legislation, S.1360, would add a new section to the real property law that would define “campground” and “campground owner” and would provide for the removal of a person from a campground who creates a disturbance or otherwise violates lawful regulations created by the campground owner.
The legislation would also provide for the return of pre-paid fees and the disposal of property belonging to a person asked to leave the campground or who has abandoned property at the campground.
The Senate bill can be viewed at open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/S1360-2013. Companion legislation has been introduced in the Assembly.
The Campground Owners of New York (CONY) supports the bill.
From CNC News, Edmonton:
Parks Canada is looking into how national parks can better accomodate RV users at campsites in Banff, Jasper and other national parks.
Parks officials met this week with other agencies including the Alberta Motor Association and the Recreational Vehicle Association of Alberta. Officials say they wanted to get some ideas on how to increase RV facilities at the campgrounds.
"Well, the market has changed and recreational vehicles are occupying big space," said Parks Canada spokesperson Tracy Thiessen. "They need room to park their vehicles and to enjoy these beautiful places."
Many Parks Canada campgrounds were built in the 1950s but with one in five Albertans now owning an RV, Thiessen says the demand is for improved facilities and larger campsites.
Officials are considering freeing up space at quieter campgrounds to meet the growing demands of RV users.
No decision has been made at this point.
From KERO-TV, Bakersfield:
The California Coastal Commission has approved a plan to install parking machines and hike holiday parking fees at several popular Orange County beaches.
The commission on Friday (June 14) voted to let the state's Department of Parks and Recreation install automated parking machines at the beaches and charge a $20 flat holiday rate — up from $15.
The move comes as the department seeks funding to offset a 37 percent drop in general fund cash in the last five years. Parks officials have faced opposition to similar efforts at some Northern California beaches where parking was traditionally free.
From the Largo Patch:
Briarwood owners will pay to fix and move resident RVs as part of plans to redevelop the property into a 260-unit apartment complex.
Other housing options were also offered during a meeting with Briarwood RV Park owner, nearly 40 residents and attorney Christine Allamanno recently. Mobile homes that can’t move on their own would be repaired and park owners would pay to haul the units to other parks, according to city officials. Owners also would pay to remove additions and units left behind.
Plans to redevelop the 13.8-acre recreational vehicle park into a 260-unit apartment complex were approved by commissioners May 8