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A river runs through Surf & Stream Campground.

It’s quiet in the Surf & Stream Campground now.

The winter weather keeps most people inside, although there are still a lot of occupied spaces. The recreational vehicles are lined up on the streets, some overlooking the river trickling through the property in Manchester, N.J.

Some have decorations outside to suggest that the residents have been there for a while, according to Jersey Shore Online.

You can hear cars in the distance, since it’s located on Ridgeway Road, a busy highway with a lot of housing developments, schools, and strip malls.

Barry Bielat said he purchased the property about 10 years ago, seeing the investment potential. It has the benefits of being close to everything, like the Garden State Parkway, yet still retains its rural distinction.

“It’s a beautiful piece on the river,” he said. He has been considering some residential development or a mix of residential and commercial.

He is hiring a professional planner to see what can be built there. The river constrains how much development can be there, but it can also be used as a benefit. People like living on the water.

There are currently 200 spaces for RVs, he said. There are people who rent them for a 12-month basis, but usually leave for a month or two in the winter. He says there are no full-time residents who would be displaced by this.

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