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Upscale Resort Taking Shape In Virginia

For the past two weeks, construction has been steadily underway to transform the former Sunset Beach Inn & Grille into anything but an ordinary destination on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, Delmarva Now reported. The existing hotel, RV campground and restaurant in Kiptopeke, located half a mile from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, will open this summer as Sunset Beach Resort. It is the latest commercial and hospitality development project by Blue WaterDevelopment Corp. The Berlin, Maryland-based... Read more

U.S. Nat'l Parks Backlog Reaches $11.93B

The U.S. National Park Service (NPS) this week released its Fiscal Year 2015 deferred maintenance statistics for national parks. The $11.93 billion nationwide total is a $440 million increase from the previous year, according to an announcement from the NPS. Deferred maintenance is necessary work — performed on infrastructure, such as roads and bridges, visitor centers, trails and campgrounds — that has been delayed for more than one year. Aging facilities, increasing use of park facilities and... Read more

OIA Sits Down With Secretary Sally Jewell

The following is an excerpt from a question-and-answer session by the Outdoor Industry Association. For the full Q&A on 12 topics, click here. We’d be hard-pressed to find anyone with a better overall view of outdoor recreation and the industry that it fuels than U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. That’s why the Outdoor Industry Association recently took the opportunity to pick her brain and seek her insights. Sally Jewell gets it. The longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest... Read more

Ross Recreation Equipment 'Rep Of Year'

Landscape Structures Inc., a Delano, Minn.-based commercial playground equipment manufacturer, announced that it has named Ross Recreation Equipment Co. Inc., of Santa Rosa, Calif., 2015 Rep Organization of the Year. The award was presented to the Ross Recreation team last month during Landscape Structures’ annual sales meeting in Minneapolis, Minn. “Ross Recreation was named 2015 Rep Organization of the Year because they’ve grown their business year over year, and are a highly progressive... Read more

Lake Rudolph Plans Job Fair For Saturday

Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort in Santa Claus, Ind., will host a job fair on Saturday (Feb. 13 at the Lake Rudolph office, located at 78 North Holiday Blvd. The job fair will take place between 9 a.m. and noon CST. Those interested in seasonal work this summer are invited to attend anytime during this three-hour period. Up to 150 positions are available. Lake Rudolph has seasonal openings in the following areas: Activities, grounds, maintenance, guest services/welcome center, housekeeping,... Read more

Lawsuit Filed Over Wyo. RV Park Flooding

A lawsuit filed late last year alleges some of the flooding in June 2015 in Sheridan, Wyo., could have been prevented and was caused by an illegally constructed pond dam that failed during storms, the Sheridan Press reported. The suit, filed in 4th Judicial District Court, alleges that members of the Bessette Family Trust are liable for flooding that severely damaged several homes and facilities at Peter D’s RV Park in Sheridan. Burns Industries leases residential rental properties in the affected... Read more

Campgrounds Balk At Housing Homeless

As Seattle opens two lots to move RVs from neighborhood streets, neighbors have wondered — why not send the RVs to campgrounds? Radio station KIRO reported that frustrated Seattle homeowners who have flooded community meetings, demanding the city address the RV issue, have suggested just that. There are 16 Kampgrounds of America (KOA) locations in Washington state, which brand themselves as family-friendly recreation areas to hook up RVs to water, power and sewer. Despite the push to find a place... Read more

Run-Down Idaho RV Park To Be Vacated

A run-down RV park and motel where residents complain about pools of raw sewage has a prominent new owner in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, the Spokesman-Review reported. The Cedar Motel and RV Park sits next to Duane Hagadone’s 18-hole golf course on East Coeur d’Alene Lake Drive, and Hagadone Hospitality Co. recently purchased the 2.3-acre property, reportedly paying more than twice its market value. Several dozen low-income people living there must leave by May 1. The buildings will be torn down... Read more

Blue Ox's Campground Proving Popular

February 5, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Sandy Hesse cuts the ribbon at Jay C. Hesse Welcome Center It’s only been about six months since Blue Ox opened the Jay C. Hesse Welcome Center & RV Park adjacent to its manufacturing facility in Pender, Neb., but already customers have been taking advantage of the accommodations. Named in honor of the company’s former president, who died in 2013, the campground has 16 full-service camping spots with concrete pads, sewer hookups, 50-amp electric service and free wireless Internet connections... Read more

Schmarder: State Directories A Big Deal

February 4, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The following Modern Marketing column by Evanne Schmarder appears in the February issue of Woodall's Campground Management. State association leaders wear numerous hats. From strategic planning to regulatory issues to financial management and more, the buck stops with them. Each year the state executive is tasked with developing a camper-grabbing state directory showcasing regions and member parks, selling advertising to sustain the publication and the organization, and promoting outdoor vacations... Read more

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