b'EDITORS NOTES BY BEN QUIGGLEShowdown: Public vs. Private InvestmentThere has always been a little bit of tension between private park owners and public parks.And its only natural that private park owners would be wary of new camp-groundsor large campsite expansionsoccurring in the public sphere. Many private park owners have invested a lot of money to acquire and im-prove their parks while public campgrounds, of course, can compete using taxpayers dollars, even those initially collected from private parks themselves. The tension is understandable.Theres also a concern that the less expensive campsites most local, state and national parks tend to offer could draw business away from nearby private parks that tend to be a little more expensive but offer a broader array of amenities. Its important to note, by the way, that public parks are increasingly adding amenities on par with the private sector.Woodalls Campground Magazine (WCM) has seen friction rise over the past few years as more mu-nicipalities consider adding new campground facilities or expanding existing ones. After all, more mu-nicipalities are looking at ways to generate revenue and the outdoor hospitality industry is booming right now, so it is no surprise that government officials are motivated to either build or expand parks. WCM saw this tension come to a head in South Dakota recently after an announcement that the states governor was advocating the addition of a large campground at Custer State Park. A funding request made public in mid-January noted that the park could receive $9.8 million to build a 176-site campground.The news immediately drew the ire of the South Dakota Campground Owners Association (SDCOA), which had already engaged with state officials over the idea and wrote a letter noting its opposition to the plan. (Read more about that letter on page 3).After state legislators began receiving letters in opposition to the plan it was noted by some that they didnt expect it to move past the committee stage. That decision was still up in the air when this issue went to press.Other proposals like this have faced very little or no opposition from private park owners, some because they were in states with no formal associations or because the opposition simply wasnt effective. In some cases, moreover, these plans may have slipped through without local park owners even taking notice.Much has been made about how the private parks sector can engage with public parks and work together to better the industry, but those conversations have taken a backseat in recent years as other issues have popped up. Does that mean that the industry isnt focused on it? No, but it cer-tainly seems it isnt a main priority anymore.As the industry continues to sit under the spotlight there is no doubt that more development activity will be occurring in both the private and public sectors given the current demand for camp-ing accommodations. And as demand for campsites increases, were asking ourselves, is there a happy middle ground that can include both private and public investment without unfair compe-tition issues?Thats a big question the industry must focus on as it moves into 2022.WCMwww.woodallscm.com GG M E D I AVol. 53 No. 3 March 2022& GROUP LLCContact Information: EditorialSherman Goldenberg, PublisherRick Kessler, Managing Editor sgoldenberg@rvbusiness.comrkessler@rvbusiness.com Office: (574) 457-3370(734) 777-6830 Mobile: (574) 457-6637 Fax: (574) 457-8295Gary Gerard, Editorial Director ggerard@rvbusiness.com Ben Quiggle, Editor(574) 528-1275 bquiggle@rvbusiness.com Mobile: (574) 306-7781Jeff Crider, Senior Editor campinginfosource@gmail.com (760) 469-5905 Advertising:Ally Kollat, AccountWendy Thorne, Account Executive, National Ad SalesExecutive, National Ad Sales akollat@g-gmediagroup.comwthorne@g-gmediagroup.com Office: (574) 266-7980Office (574) 266-7980Art Direction:Trina Nissley, Art Director tnissley@rvbusiness.comAll general correspondence, circulation and display and classified salesinquiries may be directed to the following: Woodalls Campground Magazine, C/O G&G Media Group LLC, 2901 E. Bristol St., Ste. B, Elkhart, IN 46514. Fax: (574) 266-7984Owners, managers or marketing directors of privately held U.S. campgrounds may receive a free subscription upon request to Woodalls CampgroundMagazineone free subscription per campground. Others may purchasesubscriptions at these rates: $24.95 per year U.S. or $35.95 per year in Canada. Contact Woodalls Campground Magazine, C/O G&G Media Group LLC, 2901E. Bristol St., Ste. B, Elkhart, IN 46514. Email: rvbusiness@rvbusiness.comWoodalls Campground Magazine is published monthly by G&G Media Group LLC at the above address. 2 March 2022 Woodalls Campground Magazine'