Southern Komfort Campground

Southern Komfort Campground

The holiday weekend at Southern Komfort Campground in Marshall County, Kentucky, owner Larry Hellcamp said, was ‘disappointing.’ For the first time he can remember, camp sites sat empty on a holiday weekend. Those vacancies, according to Hellcamp, translated to a $30,000 loss compared to this time last year.

Hellcamp says the TVA’s new regulations have hurt more than just his business, “Not only did we lose the renewal fee of somebody that wants to stay, the county lost the tax base.”

The regulations went into effect January 1 and regulated campground and marina fees, which increased in some cases. The TVA says it was because the structure fee was uneven. The TVA says regulating the fees is expected to generate an additional $1.5 million annually. That money, a TVA spokesman said, will be used to maintain facilities.

Also, campers are no longer allowed to remain on site year round. Once they leave, they must get on a waiting list or enter into a lottery for a chance to return.

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