Three companies are in the running to take over management of the Vail Lake Resort, a campground east of Temecula, Calif., that was known as Butterfield Country in the 1970s.
According to a Press-Enterprise report, the list includes the Chula Vista-based operator of KOA campgrounds, which would rebrand the property as a KOA, and Paydar Properties, which runs Sunland RV locations.
The third applicant is The California Parks Co., which has managed the grounds’ RV slips and recreation rooms areas since the campground and thousands of acres around the lake were purchased by the Rancho California Water District for $50 million in a 2014 bankruptcy proceeding.
The applicants were unveiled on Thursday, July 27, at a Rancho Water committee meeting. The full board is scheduled to meet on Aug. 10 to pick one of the companies and start negotiating a lease, which could be a point of contention for the board.
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