Cornwell: ‘Red Tide’ Impacts Small Portion of Parks

August 21, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Bobby Cornwell Bobby Cornwell, president and CEO of the Florida Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (Florida ARVC), told Woodall’s Campground Management that while southern Florida’s “red tide” has had an impact on tourism, only 15% of the parks he has been in contact with have reported a “very significant” impact. Southern Florida’s “red tide,” a naturally occurring problem caused by the bloom of toxic algae, is impacting RV parks and campgrounds as... Read more

Florida’s Red Tide Impacts Campgrounds, Tourism

August 16, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

A dead snook lies along the shoreline in Bradenton Beach, Fla. Beach (Photo by Chris O’Meara) Southern Florida’s “red tide,” a naturally occurring problem caused by the bloom of toxic algae, is impacting RV parks and campgrounds as thousands of dead fish continue to washup on local beaches. Red Tide can cause illnesses, such as respiratory problems and skin conditions, and the smell of dead fish is forcing many in the area to wear breathing masks, according to local park owners. At the San... Read more

RV/MH Hall of Fame Honors 2018 Class Of Inductees

August 7, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

2018 Hall of Fame inductees A night filled with some tears and laughter ended with 11 new members joining the RV/MH Heritage Foundation’s Hall of Fame on Monday (Aug. 6) evening in front of a crowd of more than 300 RV industry leaders, family and friends at the Northern Indiana Events Center in Elkhart, Ind. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the Photos by Shawn Spence). Breaking away from the traditional 10 nominees — five from the RV industry and five from the... Read more

Blue Water Works To Stay On Top Of Resort Trends

July 31, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Rafael Correa Editor’s Note: Ocean City, Md.-based Blue Water Development began making waves in the RV resort sector in 2009 when a planned shopping center investment property turned into Castaways RV Resort and Campground in Berlin, Md. Owned by Jack and Todd Burbage, Blue Water was originally started to build housing, shopping centers and hotels, something they still do, but due to the Great Recession Blue Water began to look at managing, developing, redeveloping and building RV resorts.... Read more

Campgrounds Near Calif. Fires Deal With Smoke

July 27, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The threat of the Ferguson Fire and the increasing presence of smoke has caused reservations to drop at High Sierra RV Park in Oakhurst, Calif., according to the park’s general manager Kathy Frye. “We were packed in the weeks before the fire started,” she noted to Woodall’s Campground Management (WCM). “But now we have quite a few openings.” Authorities shuttered parts of Yosemite National Park earlier in the week and Frye explained that High Sierra is only about... Read more

WCM Feature: Maine Park Preps For ‘Today Show’

July 20, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Almost every site at Sagadahoc Bay Campground has a great view of the water, according to owner Patricia Kosalka. Sagadahoc Bay Campground in Georgetown, Maine, has been a hive of activity since representatives from NBC’s “The Today Show” called a little over a week ago informing them that Al Roker would like to shoot part of the July 24 morning program from the park, according to park owners Eric and Patricia Kosalka. Patricia Kosalka, who spoke with Woodall’s Campground... Read more

Arlington: Mudslides, Fires Hurting Park Numbers

July 20, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Mary Arlington Wildfires and rampant rains have had a “negative impact on tourism in many parts of Colorado,” reports Mary Arlington, executive director of the Colorado Campground and Lodging Owners Association. “While nearly all campgrounds have not been closed or evacuated this summer, 2018 cancellations have been off the charts,” she noted to Woodall’s Campground Management (WCM). While wildfires have been burning in Colorado for months, destroying thousands of acres of land,... Read more

School Start Dates Impacting Bottom Line, Staffing

July 17, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

School start dates can have an impact on the number of campers a park owner may see. For families with school-aged children summer break is filled with a slew of activities from vacations to summer jobs and just generally more time to spend outdoors, away from the routine of the school year. For campground owners, especially those in the northern states, this is typically the busiest time of the year. However, in several states owners are facing shorter summer seasons due to state initiatives that... Read more

Sun RV Continues To Improve, Looks For Growth

July 13, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Nick DiBella Sun RV Resorts continues to expand its footprint across the U.S., with 2018 seeing the launch of a new website and reservations continuing to climb, Nick DiBella, a divisional vice president, told Woodall’s Campground Management. A division of Southfield, Mich.-based Sun Communities Inc., which owns more than 300 manufactured housing and RV communities throughout the U.S., Sun RV Resorts currently operates 129 resorts in 97 cities and focuses on providing high quality resorts, according... Read more

Ventura Ranch KOA Rebounding After Dec. Fire

June 29, 2018 by · 1 Comment 

Ventura Ranch KOA owner Scott Cory Scott Cory, owner of the Ventura Ranch Kampgrounds of America (KOA) Holiday in Santa Paula, Calif., decided to take matters into his own hands after waiting months to clean up the rubble that was left behind by the Thomas Fire last December. This was after losing more than 20 structures during the fire, one that would go on to be the largest in California history, burning 281,893 acres and destroying 1,063 structures, according to CalFIRE. Cory told Woodall’s... Read more

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