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Improvements to the largest coastal campground in San Mateo County, Calif., are under way after getting a late start that has one neighbor perturbed, the Daily Journal reported.

The Francis Campground at Half Moon Bay State Beach welcomes thousands of visitors each year. However, after sunny October crowds and Pumpkin Festival attendees dispersed, California State Parks closed the popular site at the end of Kelly Avenue for improvements last year.

The construction project slated to bolster the site’s offerings has been hindered by inclement weather and officials’ delay in solidifying contracts.

State parks officials expected the project to take up to four months to complete and said they set aside ample time to account for poor weather.

Yet Half Moon Bay resident Tim Pond said construction on the now ghost town-like campground didn’t start until recently and the delay resulted in revenue losses of thousands of dollars a day.

State parks spent nearly three years planning for upgrades at the park that are projected to increase revenue. Improvements at the existing 52-slot campsite include installing 40 electrical hookups for RVs and campers while adding up to three new campsites, including one that’s in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to state parks officials.

Previously, campers were forced to use loud generators to operate their electrical equipment and appliances. Once the new amenities are in place, it will greatly reduce noise impacts and benefit the neighborhood, said Supervising State Park Ranger Nelle Lyons.

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