Drive In A dispute over camping at the Mahoning Drive-in theater in Lehighton, Pa., remains of concern to township residents, according to the Times-News.

Township solicitor Tom Nanovic gave an update on the matter at Wednesday’s (Jan. 12) board of supervisors meeting.

Nanovic said that the matter has been appealed, and added they were sent an enforcement notice for setting up a camper.

“The whole issue is our belief that they were operating a campground,” Nanovic said. “The zoning hearing board agreed with them that it was not a campground.”

Board Chairman Robert Slaw assured those in attendance that the board does not wish to cause any hardships for the drive-in.

“The board has no desire of putting the movie theater out of business,” Slaw said. “We need a little bit of protection for the neighbors. I don’t think we want them staying there (all year long).”

Supervisor Deborah McGowan said she isn’t totally comfortable with the situation.

“My main concern is one of our officers was severely injured at one of their events,” McGowan said. “And I won’t stand for that.”

Virgil Cardamone, a partner in the LLC, testified that customers are allowed to stay overnight following a show if they purchase an overnight, multiday movie pass. No other camping is allowed.

He said the theater does not allow RVs, campfires or outside food. At all times a staff member is on-site and portable restrooms are available.

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