Michael: Florida Town Is Wiped Out, ‘It’s All Gone’

October 15, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Homes and businesses in Mexico Beach, Fla., were devastated by Hurricane Michael, which hit Wednesday afternoon with winds of up to 155 mph. The storm surge, wind and rain flattened large swaths of the town. The U.S. National Guard unit raced to clear rubble and power lines as it made its way along U.S. Highway 98. The goal: Blaze a path to this isolated beach town on Florida’s Gulf Coast, the place that bore the most devastating impact of Hurricane Michael’s landfall, so rescues could begin... Read more

Michael: Florida ARVC Offices In Path, Evacuated

October 10, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Bobby Cornwell In the midst of storm preparations, as Category 4 Hurricane Michael heads towards the Gulf Coast of Florida and Georgia, Bobby Cornwell, president and CEO of the Florida Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (Florida ARVC), told that their offices in Tallahassee were in the path of the storm and being evacuated. The storm’s sustained winds have increased to about 140 mph, with higher gusts, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. The agency said it is possible... Read more

NJCOA’s 2018 Fall Tour Draws In Over 40 Members

October 9, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Attendees of the New Jersey Campground Owners Association’s Fall Tour were able to network and discuss issues with other campground owners/managers. The New Jersey Campground Owners Association (NJCOA) saw more than 40 members attend its annual “Fall Tour” Oct. 2-4 in New Jersey’s Skylands Region. TripleBrook Campground in Blairstown, and Delaware River Family Campground in Columbia, both hosted portions of the event. NJCOA Executive Director Joann DelVescio told Read more

Wisconsin City Looks To Raise Campgrounds Fees

October 9, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

A view of slips at the Oconto Harbor in September 2017. If you enjoy being in or on the water, you might need a little more green to get access to the blue next summer. Increases in the daily slip rental fee at the harbor and most prices at Aageson Pool were approved by the Committee of the Whole on Oct. 2. Seasonal slip rental increases were shot down, according to the Green Bay Press Gazette. Fees at Holtwood Campground in Oconto, Wisc., were left the same for now, but increases are expected for... Read more

Q&A: Brian Schaeffer On 2018 & Legislative Issues

October 2, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Brian Schaeffer Woodall’s Campground Management (WCM) spoke with Brian Schaeffer, the executive director and CEO of the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO) about how the association’s 2018 went and some of the legislative issues facing park owners in the state. WCM: How have things been going for TACO in 2018? Are you seeing strong membership numbers? Schaeffer: For starters, the parks are full. There is always a little bit of a slow down during the transition from summer to fall, basically... Read more

ARVC’s ‘OHCE’ Running Nov. 4-8 In Oklahoma City

October 2, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

ARVC’s OHCE will feature educational sessions and chances for owners to learn from each other. Moving West in 2018, officials at the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) will be focusing on the “value of community” at the 2018 Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo (OHCE) in Oklahoma City, Okla., from Nov. 4-8. After a successful 2017 conference in Raleigh, N.C., — one which drew more than 500 members — Paula Horwitz, senior director of education and events, noted... Read more

Witting: Florence ‘Hit & Miss’, Many Parks Reopen

September 21, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Dee Whiting Dee Witting, executive director of the Carolinas Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CARVC), told that Tropical Storm Florence’s impact on the private campground and RV park sector in North Carolina and South Carolina was “hit and miss,” as many parks have reopened after the deadly storm. Witting is in the process of reaching out to park owners for information on what types of activities and events they are holding, as the association helps to make... Read more

KOA’s Fort Worth Conference Will Run Nov. 12-15

September 20, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

KOA’s 2018 conference is set to include updates on how the past year went for the company and also a trip to a Fort Worth, Texas, stockyard. After a busy 2018 summer season, officials at Billings, Mont.-based Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) are putting the finishing touches on their annual International Convention and Expo, which is set to run from Nov. 12-15 in Fort Worth, Texas. Kama Humphrey, director of training and events, said that registration for the event — being held at the Fort... Read more

Owners Deal With Florence Cleanup, Record Rains

September 18, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Two crew members at Ocean Lakes Family Campground work to clean up the park after Tropical Storm Florence passed through. In Myrtle Beach, S.C., Barb Krumm, director of marketing and public relations at Ocean Lakes Family Campground could breathe a sigh of relief on Monday (Sept. 17) after Tropical Storm Florence passed through. She told that the park had escaped the brunt of the storm. “There is a lot of debris in the park and a few trees that fell over, one just clipped the roof... Read more

Sipe: Calif. Office May Boost Outdoor Rec Profile

September 17, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Debbie Sipes The California legislature passed a bill to create the “Office of Sustainable Outdoor Recreation” in early September. It now sits on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk where it currently awaits his signature. The Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) has reported that this will make California the 12th state with an official office that is focused on supporting outdoor recreation. The sector accounts for $92 billion in consumer spending and 691,000 jobs in California, according to the OIA. Debbie... Read more

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