by Duluth News Tribune
September 8, 2010 at 7:00 pm in Duluth News Tribune
A plan to allow low-impact camping on a remote area of Park Point appears to have enough momentum to reach the City Council. Continue Reading
Tags: camping, Lake Superior, Park Point 9 Comments »
It’s a nice concept but $30/night for a primitive campsite is aittle steep when a lot of real camgrounds charge an average of $30 for electic/water and decent bathrooms. I wouldn’t pay that price to pitch a tent in the sand even if it is on Lake Superior.
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I, Jimmy Bellamy, News Tribune multimedia editor, am posting this comment on behalf of reader Derek Behning, who was having technical difficulties:
“Today Duluth equals tourism. Many if not most of the city recognizes it. While many of the older residents may not like the traffic they must admit that there isn’t a lot of opportunities for the youth in town, so working at Greenmill or the Edgewater hotel provides a great opportunity and possible career. With that said we do not need to jump at every opportunity we have to bring 30 dollars to town. Hell I’ll pay 30 dollars not to use the camp site. Duluth has a few things we just can’t let go of. The End of the Point as us pointers call it is a National Treasure. Yes there are a few people who find a way to get down there and may spend the night but offering firewood so they don’t cut down trees isn’t the answer. We don’t need any more traffic down there, and I’m not necessarily talking about cars and trucks. Furthermore letâ€™s not begin to believe that “low impact” will really stay low impact. I can too easily see this becoming a large attraction and or small environmental disaster. This is a critical habitat. I donâ€™t think we are going to be able to properly police the area. We are only so lucky to have as much of the point preserved as we do. I for one am grateful the city did not turn out to be the Chicago it was originally intended to be let alone Park Point becoming the amusement park it certainly could have been. I don’t know who’s behind all this but not every treasure must be dug up to be valued. I left Duluth and my Park Point home 12 years ago and not a day goes by that I don’t miss it.”
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Let ‘em camp!
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I agree 1000% Derek Behning!!! $30/night for tent-only dry camping (no amenities, no elec/water/sewer) is ridiculous, regardless of where the campsite is located!! Can you say you got scammed?? Frankly I don’t think the shores of LS are worth $30 a nght for those stipulations. I could see $30 a weekend, with no limits as to how many tents or occupants on your site, if you provide a shower building and somewhere to get fresh drinking water on the premesise. As for the enviromental impact, well I hope they hire people who like to clean up garbage because I have cleaned up more garbage while camping than I care to think about (and I don’t mean mine). Doesn’t matter how readable the sign is that states you must clean up your own garbage, or how big the dumpster is you provide for people to dispose of it. People are lazy, period, and there will be oodles of it floating around our precious lake. I don’t know why the city even bothers when all it does is blow it’s money on ridiculous endeavors.
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And why exactly, and with whom, is the Park Point camping fiasco gaining momentum? As if $30 per campsite will shore up decades of budget deficit resulting from silly spending and subsidizing businesses or industries that don’t reimburse contractual agreements. The Point already is desecrated with unseemly homes and businesses. So now let’s cut down some old growth trees for the few who fly planes from Sky Harbor, and let’s encourage more traffic and environmental impact at the fragile and still somewhat wild far end of the Point. At least Cape Cod folks had the good sense to designate those marvelous wild beaches as national seashore. Wake up, Duluthians. You are on the verge of destroying an environmental treasure which never could be restored or replaced. And without Minnesota Point, what’s the point of visiting Duluth?
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Oh please…..What exactly is the $30 a night supposed to pay for? The Wood???? Hiring clean-up workers when patrons don’t ‘clean-up’ aftr themselves? What is the Penalty for Not ‘following the rules’. More Enforcement issues for the City would be the Penalty and Duluthians would be paying it. And whoever is saying Showers, i.e. running water, etc. would be warrented for That price of $30 a night…..gee…how much would That upset the pristine natural area. I understand that person wasn’t Saying ws should actualy DO That so no offense meant by my comment, just carrying through on the end result if the Committee started to actually Consider That.
ALL that aside…..and without writing a Book…..this idea is Trouble with a capital “T” and I haven’t even Started Yet. Trust me, you don’t want to get me started……
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If having a campground on Park Point was such a great idea, don’t you think it would’ve been done years and years ago?
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Great Point Danh…..
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Allowing camping there is not a good idea.
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