Sunday, May 10, 2009

Optimistic campgrounds spruce up for a busy season

Myrtle Beach Sun News - Myrtle Beach,SC,USA

Freshly cut picnic tables and power meters that still read zero lined newly laid coquina driveways at the CarrollWoods Coastal Campground off S.C. 9, which opened a month ago despite the country's worst economic downturn in decades.

"Life doesn't stop just because there's a recession," said Byron Carroll, 35, who is running the campground with his family and who put $500,000 into building 30 spots for RVs and tents. "Somehow, we're going to make it through. I won't let it be a failure. It's not even an option."

Carroll is not the only campground owner putting thousands of dollars into his site. Although the recession is forcing many businesses to cut back, several campgrounds across the Grand Strand said the downturn is not stopping them from spending cash to improve their facilities.
A view of the Grapefull Sisters Vineyard from the second story porch. The vineyard and shop are a short walk from the CarrollWoods Coastal Campground. The campground recently opened for business.

"We didn't go into the budget with the feeling of, 'OK, now we've got to cut 30 percent of the budget,'" said Dennis Wade, the CEO of The Jackson Cos., which owns Ocean Lakes Family Campground. "We went through our normal process, and ended up in line with what we've been spending in past years."
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Note from Steven: What a contrast this story is to what's happening with Mr. York's campground in Maine!

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