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Current Briefs for RV Parks and Campgrounds

July 30, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

Christian Meier and Ana Lorena Sánchez, stars of the Latin soap opera “Cosita Linda.”

FLORIDA

From a news release:

Miami Everglades Resort, a Legacy RV Resort, recently provided a tropical background for the recent filming of scenes for a new Latin soap opera by Venevison Productions, according to resort manager Barbara Slifer.

The crew spent the day in the park filming various scenes for “Cosita Linda.” The production crews erected a number of background signs and creating an array of special effects for the dramatic series, providing the park guests and staff a peak into the process of making a ‘telenovela,’ says Slifer.

Venevision Productions annually produces approximately 1,500 hours of television programming in South Florida, including its nationally and internationally acclaimed telenovelas. These programs are not only broadcast in the United States, but are also commercialized around the world by Venevision International, a global entertainment company of the Cisneros Group that distributes content to over 104 countries in more than 20 languages.

For more information about Venevision International, visit www.venevisioninternational.com.

For more information about Miami Everglades Resort, visit www.miamicamp.com.

COLORADO

From The Pueblo Chieftain:

Colorado Parks and Wildlife invites those who have never camped and would like to learn to join Lake Pueblo State Park for its Let’s Camp! program. A few spots are left for the Aug. 4-5 program.

The Let’s Camp! program is designed to introduce families to camping by providing most gear, instruction and activities for one low price.

The program fee of $34 covers a campsite for one night plus two daily park entrance passes for Lake Pueblo State Park. All other instruction and activities are free of charge thanks to a donation from The North Face Explore Your Parks.

Requests are accepted by email only and will be filled on a first come, first-served basis. Available spots are limited and likely to fill up quickly, but please reply only if you are committed to attending.

CCLOA announces April convention

From a news release:

Camp Colorado, also known as the Colorado Campground & Lodging Owners Association, will have its annual conference and exhibition April 4-6, 2014.

The location hasn’t yet been determined.

The 2014 conference and exhibition will likely be the largest in the organization’s history as membership has grown rapidly in 2013 and as conference organizers plan a more expansive, business-focused program.

INDIANA

From the Gary Post-Tribune:

Equipment for a conductivity survey of Mount Baldy near Michigan City, as well as ground-penetrating radar, could be available next week to determine why a section of the dune collapsed July 12, burying 6-year-old Nathan Woessner in 11 feet of sand.

“It looks like we found a contractor who’s got the equipment,” Bruce Rowe, public information officer for the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, said after a meeting about the matter Monday.

Federal contractors will have to work with the firm to get the equipment, but Rowe said he expects the surveying to be done one day next week.

The dune, which is 43 acres and about 126 feet high, as well as a nearby parking, remains closed to visitors. A safety protocol for going on the dune is under review by the Midwest regional office of the National Park Service in Omaha, Neb., Rowe said.

Nathan, who lives in Sterling, Ill., was on a vacation with his family when the accident occurred, burying him for almost four hours.

He spent 11 days at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital before being transferred to La Rabida Children’s Hospital last week. Nathan was released from the latter hospital Friday (July 26) but will return there later to continue rehabilitative work.

MASSACHUSETTS

From the Berkshire Eagle:

Shady Pines Campground near Savoy will remain closed for the remainder of the season. The popular campground was shut last month due to violations in state sanitary and fire codes and lack of management.

A judge ordered it closed during a housing court hearing in Pittsfield on June 26, but provided two opportunities for positive developments that could have enabled it to re-open this season.

Hearings on July 10 and 17 resulted in no changes to the court’s June 26 ruling.

“Our position is, it wasn’t about money — it was about correcting the things that were wrong,” said Savoy Town Counsel Lance Chavin. “Two guys and a wheelbarrow could have gone a long way toward fixing the (camp’s) issues, but it wasn’t done.”

Chavin said the court will advise him of the proper procedures to reopen Shady Pines in the future, but it won’t be possible until management and staff are in place. Both were lacking prior to the court’s June 26 order.

Owner William H. Daniels had recently re-acquired the park from Steven Daniels. William Daniels was reportedly absent from tending to the grounds and had hired no staff to help.

The result, according state Department of Public Health inspectors, was fire hazards, unlicensed food and alcohol services, unsanitary conditions and one instance of E. coli found in the water system.

Since the closing, some campers have reported not being reimbursed for future stays at the camp for which they’d already paid. Chavin said they’re now taking action.

“A few of the campers have filed small claims suits against the camp owner (William Daniels),” Chavin said.

Chavin said some of these claims, however, are against former owner Steven Daniels. “I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Steven Daniels is not the reason that park closed,” Chavin said.

The attorney said most trailers belonging to campers had been removed from the site as of the morning of July 17.

 

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