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Sussex County Considers Changes to Campgrounds

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SELBYVILLE, Del.- Sussex County is home to several private campgrounds, and within these resort areas, it's common to find hundreds of people in RVs. During the rest of the year, when the people are gone, these RVs stay put.

Sussex County Council members tell WBOC this is a problem that needs to be addressed. As campgrounds become bigger and full of more permanent structures, the council said the regulations need to be changed as well. 

The consideration of two new campgrounds has re-ignited this debate over whether the rule book should be changed to address the changing format of Sussex campgrounds.  The campgrounds awaiting approval are in Long Neck and near Love Creek/Angola. 

WBOC met with County Councilman George B. Cole, who said they need to redefine what is a campground, and what is not. 
 
"The campground ordinance is probably 30 to 40 years old," he said. "It hasn't changed much. But the industry has changed. And when you go look at campgrounds these days… most people think there's going to be tents or small RVs." 

But he said that isn't the case anymore. These campgrounds have grown to include much larger trucks. He said many of these residents are underpaying when it comes to county taxes. Some of these plots of lands are classified as agricultural uses, when he said they are obviously seasonal homes for many. 

On Tuesday afternoon, Trudy Puryear was hard at work setting up a camper with her husband at the Lost Land campsite near Selbyville. She said she would be concerned with any regulations or changes. 

"I think the government has too much say in a lot of things," she said. "And they really need to leave things alone. People enjoy doing this. And they're just going to make it harder for people to do the things they love to do."

Owner of the campground, David Simpson helped the Puryears set up. He acknowledged that the campsites have evolved over the years, but said that county should embrace this change. 
        
"It just kind of evolved this way," he said. "People are, I think naturally looking for bigger and better things. And improvements on tents and things you are talking about."

The council has not selected a date to vote on the potential campgrounds. However there have been various public hearings, showing opinions from both sides in Sussex County.
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