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Sun RV Resorts LogoSun Communities Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT) that owns and operates manufactured housing and recreational vehicle communities, announced it has invested over $250 million in the acquisition and quality enhancements of RV communities in 18 months, according to a news release.

This commitment is now complimented by the branding of these destination resorts as “Sun RV Resorts” which will operate over 30 communities from Arizona to Maine to Wisconsin to Florida.

Sun Communities Inc. is headquartered in Southfield, Mich.

“Our vision is to have our brand distinguish the entire guest experience from start to finish – every touch point, from initial inquiries through our enhanced Internet site to the reservation and checkout processes will reflect a positive concern for the satisfaction of every guest,” said Gary Shiffman, chairman and CEO. “Guests will have confidence that they will receive first-class customer service throughout their stay, including quality hook-up and site accommodations, vacation rentals, and a wide range of attractive amenities at each Sun RV Resort.”

Sun intends to continue investment in Sun RV Resorts to provide its guests with enjoyable and accessible vacation destinations. “Our decision to “brand” our RV resorts represents our commitment to excellence in accommodations, service, and staff at all of our resorts. This will be enhanced as we continue to expand our vacation offerings and our geographic diversity,” said John McLaren, COO.

Sun RV Resorts is owned and operated by Sun Communities Inc., a leading provider of manufactured home communities and RV resorts with over 38 years of experience owning, operating and managing multiple properties. Sun Communities currently has 183 communities in 24 states, serving over 150,000 residents and guests. For more information, visit www.sunrvresorts.com .

America’s State Parks announced that all 50 state park systems will sponsor free, guided First Day Hike Programs on New Year’s Day 2012. America’s State Parks First Day Hikes offer individuals and families an opportunity to begin the New Year rejuvenating and connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike on January 1, 2012 at a state park. First Day Hikes offer a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome the New Year with friends and family.

America's State Parks First Day Hikes

America's State Parks First Day Hikes


“What better way to kick off the New Year than with a hike at a state park?” said Ruth Coleman, President of the National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD). “Think of it as the start of a new and healthy lifestyle, for the whole family. Whether you’re staying close to home or traveling, join us at one of America’s State Parks on New Year’s Day.”

“Studies have proven that getting outdoors is one good way to relax and recharge the body, mind and spirit.” stated Phil McNelly, NASPD’s Executive Director. “We hope that hiking along a trail in a state park will become part of an individual’s or family’s regular exercise routine.”

America’s State Parks boast a variety of beautiful settings for year-round outdoor recreation, and each First Day Hike will offer an opportunity to explore the unique natural and cultural treasures close to home. From California to Maine, hikers can climb hills and mountain tops, walk along ponds and beaches, and traverse trails through forests, fields and prairies. Visitors can listen to birds, breathe in the fresh air, discover wildlife tracks, feel the wind and the warmth of the sun or the coldness of the snow. Visitors can expect to be surrounded by the quiet beauty of nature in winter, experience spectacular views and vistas and benefit from the company of a knowledgeable state park guide.

First Day Hikes originated over 20 years ago at the Blue Hills Reservation, a state park in Milton, Massachusetts. The program was launched to promote both healthy lifestyles throughout the year and year round recreation at state parks. Many other states have offered outdoor recreation programs on New Year’s Day, however, this is the first time all 50 state park systems have joined together to sponsor First Day Hikes.

State park staff and volunteers will lead the hikes, which average one to two miles or longer depending on the state park. Details about hike locations, difficulty and length, terrain and tips regarding proper clothing are listed on the America’s State Parks website. Visit http://www.americasstateparks.org/first-day-hikes and click on your state of interest to find a First Day Hike nearest you.

Flagg’s RV Resort in York, Maine, is eliminating recreational vehicle sites to make way for its own cottages, according to Melvin “Bud” Riggs of Tulsa, Okla., who has been staying at the resort for years.

Seacoastonline.com reported Flagg’s management company, Morgan Management, sent out letters in early March to at least 10 RV owners telling them they must remove their recreational vehicles from the park by May 1, according to Riggs.

Over the next two years, Flagg’s is replacing privately owned RVs on its 80 lots with 20-by-38-foot cottages the park plans to rent for $1,449 a week.

Replacing trailers on wheels with cottages without wheels represents a change of use that would require Planning Board approval, according to board members and Code Enforcement Officer Ben McDougal.

Robert Moser, who is with Flagg’s corporate office in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., has denied Flagg’s is building cottages, according to Community Development Director Steve Burns. Moser told him Flagg’s is replacing guest trailers with their own trailers, Burns said at the Planning Board’s March meeting. This would be permitted without town review.

Planning Board member Tom Manzi said he visited the Flagg’s website and it advertised year-round housing in units that didn’t appear to have wheels.

“Morgan (Management’s) definition of an RV is a far stretch,” Riggs said last Friday. “They’re bringing them in on wheels; they’re actually going to be cottages.”

If the park is replacing RVs with units that don’t have wheels, or with year-round dwellings, the town would likely deny the use, according to McDougal.
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