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Camping on private property up for vote in IOW

Published 11:49am Wednesday, September 19, 2012

To the Editor:

For all the many citizens who believe that free, law-abiding tax-paying people should have the right to simply “camp out” occasionally on your own property here in Isle of Wight County, I need your attention.

For the last few years, there has apparently been a law on the books here in IOW County that you may not do any such activity anywhere except in a permitted, county-approved campground. I ran afoul of this law last fall, not knowing it was illegal.

Since that time, I have complied with the law, educated myself on the topic and made every effort to work with the county to get what so many of you have told me was a “completely ridiculous” law changed.

In that time, I have had no luck with the Planning Commission or the Board of Supervisors to have our freedom restored for this wholesome, family activity.

The final vote on this issue will be made at the 5 p.m. Board of Supervisors meeting on Thursday, Sept. 20.

If you see it as your civic duty, as I do, to work to make our community better and more free to exercise our ancient rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, while not infringing on our neighbors’ peace, then I encourage you to make your wishes known to your district supervisor by that date, or attend the meeting that evening.

Now is the time. If we fail, it will be necessary for us all, to remain law-abiding citizens, to pay $1,300 for a campground permit if your grandchildren want to “have a sleep-out” in a tent or RV in your own backyard.

This is no exaggeration. The law specifically prohibits it all, including tents.

I hope to see you at the meeting.

J.R. Ferguson

  • Liberty With Responsibility

    Remember, eighteen counties and cities all around here were surveyed, and they ALL have the same law, the IOW zoning director stated at a previous planning commission meeting. Take a few minutes, and call your own local zoning department, and ask them “can I camp on my own land, or am I restricted in doing so?” They will tell you “No, people can’t just camp on their own land without a permit.” Check it out for your self!

    Suggest Removal

  • FromHere

    That’s the stupidest law I ever heard of! What on earth are they thinking to not change it? If I were on the BOS of Isle of Wight, I’d be embarrassed.

    Suggest Removal

  • skooch

    What possible sense does this law make to anyone? And what sense does it make to not change it?

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  • Liberty With Responsibility

    At the board of supervisors meeting last night, they refused to change the stupid law, and would only say that the zoning director would not enforce it. What happens when the county gets a new zoning director one day and that new person decides that they WILL enforce it? And how does the zoning director get the power to enforce or ignore laws at their own personal whim?

    Suggest Removal

  • beachgirl

    What a bunch of hogwash…this law is totally insane. Take it to the news media let them broadcast it on the air.

    Suggest Removal

  • kingradman

    How crazy is that?

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