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BENTON – The sky may not be falling for local campgrounds, but the front porches and gravel driveways will have to change, along with business fees. At last week’s Marshall County Fiscal Court meeting, a Tennessee Valley Authority representative attempted to ease concerns over the federally owned company’s proposed changes to commercial recreation agreements.

James Adams, commercial recreation manager for TVA, said proposed lease agreement changes, which will take effect as current ones expire, are designed to increase public recreation opportunities and set a reasonable fee structure. Adams said that while fees for most campgrounds owners will rise, they most likely wouldn’t be as high as some operators fear.

Adams also addressed concerns over permanent sites at campgrounds.

“Length of stay issues is something we’ve had a difficult time with,” Adams said. “We don’t want the campgrounds to be permanent residential. We go through and there’s an LP tank, there’s a mailbox. Those are permanent facilities. We’re trying with these lands TVA is providing to provide a public recreation opportunity. If it becomes just a residence, that’s what TVA doesn’t want.”

A large portion of campground revenues are generated from the permanent residences, but TVA will require campsites to be cleared two weeks out of the year. Past TVA regulations did not allow for permanent residences on campsites, but Adams said it was not previously enforced.

“We will allow a percentage of them to stay 11 and a half months,” Adams said. “We want a percentage of those sites where transients coming through can have a place to stay.”

Plans are currently to allow for 75 percent long-term and 25 percent transient. The percentages are still being considered and will not take effect until 2013.
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