By Donna Westfall – March 20, 2021
Let me tell you a story about a man named Rusty. He and his family and friends have been vacationing in Crescent City at Shoreline RV Park for a month to six weeks for over 30 years. Several stays as long as two to three months. In the time they are here, they shop, eat and play in Crescent City. They launch their boats, go to Ocean World and have a good time. He rents a space at Hambro 10 1/2 months of the year to have his boat here. He pays to launch. This year they may not come. What happened? His friends are making reservations at Brookings. What pissed them all off?
In his March 12, 2021 letter of complaint to Mayor Greenough, Rusty relates how he called into City Hall to Speak with City Manager, Eric Wier. The gal who answered the phone said, Eric was sitting right next to her, but couldn’t take the call. He asked for a return phone call and they never connected. At issue is the application that now asks for all kinds of personal information and they feel that this is invasive.
For 30 years they have not had problem with providing their names, home address and phone number along with vehicle license and Driver’s License number. They pay as they enter and enjoy their time with family and friends. “Since 1988 they stayed despite electrical problems, water and plumbing situations and temper tantrums of Charlie and Rae-anne.” When the City took over and underwent partial modification, they were able to enjoy the upgrades.
But now several things changed. First the park is requesting their Social Security number and wanting to know if they have ever been evicted or had a felony. He and his friends think that this might be ok if one were renting a home or apartment but to rent a space in an RV park is government overreach.
So he and his friends are reticent to drive 10 hours only to be turned away. In addition, instead of staying six weeks, they would be required to pull up stakes and move after 30 days for 24 hours before returning. This they are not willing to do.
Here’s the financial breakdown:
$825 RV Space rent, $780 to Hambro’s for 10 1/2 months storage, patronizing the following businesses: Safeway, Grocery Outlet, Wal-Mart, Rite-Aid, Cheese Factory (Rumiano’s) restaurants, gas stations, Englund’ Marine and purchase a launching permit for their boat.
Now having them, their family and friends getting together at the same time each year and choosing to relocate to Brookings would put a dent in our city’s economy.
To you think this is government overreach? Let’s see what the City has to say about it this coming week.