We need to update our campground rules. Please see a draft of an update. We have addressed the use of golf carts in the campground and in the woods. We added words on ATV’s.Added the need to use the proper water hose connections. We added words on noise and loud music etc.
We added words on extra structures and enclosures on campsites.
Comment if you like.
Here is the draft.
LOTUS COVE CAMPGROUND RULES, FEES AND REGULATIONS
June 10, 2016
1. No sewerage or wastewater shall be disposed of onto the ground. If a camping unit is not connected to a sanitary sewer the sewerage and wastewater shall be stored in storage tanks and disposed of at a Dump Station provided for that purpose. The portable storage tanks must be fully water tight and emptied as needed. Direct connections to the sanitary system must be water tight and employ a flexible connector or section of flexible pipe to allow for the movement of the camping unit without breaking any sealed joint in the piping.
2. Trash must be stored in proper containers or in tied plastic bags for disposal in the trash dumpster provided.
3. Car, truck or other vehicle repairs are not permitted in the campgrounds.
4. Firearms and illegal drugs are not permitted in the campgrounds
5. Only one camping unit (other than an additional tent) is permitted on each campsite. Only one vehicle other than a golf cart is permitted on each campsite. All other vehicles shall be parked in the areas provided for this purpose.
6. Please respect other campers’ campsite. Campers are not permitted to fish from or occupy a campsite unless you rent the campsite or have the permission of the individual that does rent the campsite. However if you rent a boat dock from Lotus Cove that is in front of a campsite that you do not rent, you are permitted to access the boat dock from the campsite that is adjacent to the boat dock.
7. Pets are permitted in the campgrounds as long as they do not become a source of justifiable complaints. Dogs when outside of a camping unit must be on a leash. Pet owner must also clean up any of their pet’s droppings.
8. Loud music and /or other loud noises, as determined by management, are not permitted at any time. Quiet time is 11:00PM. Excessive drinking and loud parties are not permitted. Conduct unsuitable for a family oriented campgrounds such as foul language and night time adult swimming is not permitted.
9. Trees need to be respected. No attachments to trees or tree branches are permitted. From time to time dead trees or parts thereof need to be removed. When management decides to remove a large dead tree(s), management may require that a camping unit(s) be temporarily removed from a campsite. If a camper does not want to remove the camping unit to allow for removal of a tree or trees the owner of the camping unit may be allowed to pay the difference in the cost of having the tree or trees removed when the camping unit remains on the campsite during the tree removal process.
10. The club house is for the use of all campers. Please help keep the club house clean by cleaning up after any use that you may make of the club house.
11. All – terrain Vehicles (ATV’s) and other similar vehicles are not permitted in the campgrounds or in the woods that is north of the campground. ATV’s operated by management for managerial, maintenance and/or operational purposes are exempt from this rule.
RULES FOR GOLF CARTS
12. Children under the age of 14 shall not operate a golf cart in the campgrounds unless a rider of at least 18 years of age is a rider in the same golf cart.
13. The speed limit for golf carts and other vehicles is 5 MPH.
14. Reckless or aggressive driving of a golf cart is prohibited.
15. For your safety and respect for the people of the surrounding community, please drive golf carts in a safe and respectful manner when traveling outside of the campground.
16. Any golf cart used after sunset must have proper operational lights. After 11:00PM golf carts are not permitted to be operated in the campground and no golf cart shall be operated in the woods north of the campground after sunset.
17. The golf cart rules are for the safety of all campers. Choosing not to adhere to golf cart rules may result in an individual’s golf cart driving rights to be forfeited and may also result in the golf cart being prohibited in the campgrounds.
FOR SEASONAL CAMPING
18. Camping units must be placed on a campsite in accordance with health department rules. A health department placement rule drawing is attached and made a part of the campground rules.
19. The camping season begins on the first Saturday in April and ends on or about the end of October. The exact date will be published as the end of October approaches. Camping units may remain in the campgrounds after the end of the season, provided that all fees, including a reservation fee for the next camping season, have been paid. Management and owner are not responsible for any damage of any nature to a camping unit, boat or other property when in the campgrounds at any time. No storage structure, patio, concrete slab, awning, covering, enclosure or any other structure shall be installed unless approved in writing by management. Any enclosure must be open on two sides. A camper shall provide a sketch or drawing showing details of one of the above on a form for this purpose which is available on the web site.
20. All boats that have been stored or are in the campground shall be placed in the water or removed from the campground or storage area by end of May of each year. When boats are stored in the campground during the off season care must be taken so as to not block access of emergency vehicles
21. Water service, waste water service, and refuse service are included in the camping fee. Any hose connection between the campground water system and a camping unit, for water service, shall be made by employing an approved health department white hose complying with (NSF 61).
22. Electric service is metered and the meters are read four times a year and the resulting electric use is billed to the camper. The first 100 kWh of each billing is included in the camping fee.
23. RENTAL DEPOSIT: Campers are required to make a rental deposit in an amount as determined by management, to assure that electric bills are paid and that any vacated campsite will be left clean without items left behind. Any improvements made to a campsite that is removed by a vacating camper, must not create a void or a need to repair the campsite. The rental deposit or a portion of it will be returned when a camping unit vacates the campground and management is satisfied that all fees have been paid and the campsite is in good condition. However, no rental deposit will be returned if a camping unit vacates the campground between November 1st and the first Saturday in May.
24. When a camper sells his/her camping unit and the camping unit remains in the campground a transfer fee of $95 shall be paid to Lotus Cove Campground. However, this paragraph shall not apply to the seller of a unit on a waterfront campsite when the seller has paid a $500 transfer fee.
25. RESERVATION FEE: A reservation fee for the next years’ camping season is billable and payable in October of each year. This reservation fee is to allow for planning purposes and is not in addition to the total free charged for the campsite. Paid reservation fees and reservations are not transferable, unless specifically permitted in writing by management. In order to hold a reservation for a campsite, which was made by the payment of the reservation fee, all fees for the upcoming season must be paid in full by the end of the annual campers’ party, which is usually held at the beginning of April of each year. After this time all sites not fully paid for, are on a first come first-service basis.
26. A $20 discount is given for full payment by the end of the campers’ party or as otherwise stated on the camping invoice.
27. DELAYED PAYMENT PLAN: In lieu of making all payments as stated above, a three payment plan may be available. When approved by management, this plan allows for the payments in April, May and June. When approved a 10% adder is applied to the remaining campsite fee after any paid reservation fee.
28. FOR SALE SIGN: A for sale sign for a camper on a campsite may be displayed in the campground provided that all fees, including the rental deposit, and any billed reservation fee for the campsite has been paid in full.
29. TRANSFER OF A WATER FRONT CAMPSITE: Present campers and perspective campers are advised not to assume that if they sell or buy a camping unit that the camping unit can remain on the campsite that it occupies at the time of a sale. Management reserves the right to assign campsites to other individuals. However, from time to time a camper wishes to sell a camping unit on a premium water front campsite and desires to sell their camping unit with the understanding that the new owner of the camping unit may have the purchased camping unit remain on the campsite that it occupied at the time of the sale. When management approves, in writing, the transfer of a water front campsite a fee of $500 shall be charged to the seller. This $500 fee and all other billed fees must be paid before the above mentioned for sale sign is displayed. A form for the above is available on the web site.
30. A park manager(s) is employed to manage the campground and represents management in the day to day activities at the campground. Management reserves the right to amend these rules, as deemed necessary by management, to provide a peaceful campground and to address issues as they arise. Violation of the above rules and regulations will be cause for termination of a campers’ right to a campsite and/or any right to be in the campground. Any prorated share of the fee, which management deems fair may be returned to a camper but, the violator waives the right to any refund of fees.