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: Storm Leaves Destructive Path, 11 Dead

Hurricane Michael left a swath of destruction throughout the Gulf Coast of Florida. Hurricane Michael is no more, according to The New York Times. The violent storm that ripped through the southeast, leaving a trail of death and destruction from Florida to Virginia, finally moved off the coast over the Atlantic Ocean overnight on Thursday (Oct. 11). It is now known as Post-Tropical Cyclone Michael. Michael made landfall in the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday as a Category 4 hurricane — the... Read more

Michael: Storm Aiming For Areas Hit By ‘Florence’

A resident of St. Marks, Fla., rescues a cooler out of the floodwaters from Hurricane Michael near his home on Oct. 10. The former Hurricane Michael is being blamed for at least two deaths as it continues its move over the Southeast, according to CBS News. The storm made landfall on the Florida Panhandle Wednesday (Oct. 10) afternoon as one of the most powerful hurricanes to ever hit the U.S. It weakened over land and became a tropical storm very late on Wednesday. The terrifying Category 4 hurricane... Read more

Michael: May Be Panhandle’s Strongest Hurricane

Hurricane Michael is close to a catastrophic, unprecedented Category 4 strike on the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend with a life-threatening storm surge and over 100 mph winds possible not just near the coast, but also inland that could leave some areas without power for over a week, according to The Weather Channel. An extreme wind warning has been issued until 2:15 p.m. EDT for Gulf, southern Bay and southwestern Franklin counties where winds in excess of 130 mph are moving onshore. This is... 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

Michael: Storm ‘Barreling’ Towards Fla., Ga. Coasts

Tropical Storm Michael was upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane on Monday as it barreled toward the Gulf Coast. It could hit Florida as a Category 3 storm. Hurricane Michael raced toward the Florida Panhandle on Tuesday (Oct. 9), threatening to bring the ferocious rains and winds of a powerful tropical cyclone to the coast and hundreds of miles inland, according to The New York Times. The storm is expected to make landfall over the Panhandle on Wednesday as a major hurricane, with wind speeds of at... Read more

Investigators Say Vehicle Caused Deadly Calif. Fire

A plane sprays fire retardant on the Ferguson Fire. Authorities say a vehicle caused the California wildfire that killed two firefighters, destroyed nearly a dozen buildings and closed the Yosemite Valley, according to the VC Star. The U.S. Forest Service said investigators determined that a hot catalytic converter ignited dry roadside vegetation, starting the Ferguson Fire. However, investigators haven’t identified the vehicle. The fire began on July 13 along Highway 140 in the Sierra National... Read more

Business Is Returning to Normal at Carolina Parks

Business is returning to normal at many campgrounds and RV parks in North Carolina and South Carolina, particularly as road conditions improve in the wake of Hurricane Florence, according to officials at the Carolinas Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CARVC). “Business is picking up again,” said Barb Krumm, director of marketing and public relations for Ocean Lakes Family Campground in Myrtle Beach, S.C., which has 859 campsites and 300 beach house rentals. While Ocean Lakes’ occupancy... Read more

W. Va. Jellystone Dvlp. Is Going Before The Public

A proposed $10 million Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts development in Southside, W. Va., is set to go before the public at a meeting on Oct. 11. The public will be informed about the plans for the Jellystone Park, which is projected to bring in more than 2,000 visitors a day to Mason County from outside the state, according to The Daily Sentinel. Twenty-eight percent of all visitors of Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts drive more than four hours to visit family-oriented... 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

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