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A northern California campground has filed suit against the California Coast Commission (CCC), alleging the state agency overstepped its authority by threatening the campground with fines of $6,000 a day for allegedly making improvements without proper permits.
Alan Murray, owner of the 29-space White Rock Resort in Smith River, filed suit against the CCC in December after the state agency sent him a letter saying that he had violated various state and local codes.
Specific improvements at issue with the CCC were the installation of recreational park trailers and accessory decks. Murray states in his suit that the trailers and related improvements are in compliance with the regulations of both Del Norte County and the California Department of Housing and Community Development, which has jurisdiction over RV parks. Murray also asserts that he has not violated any codes.
Debbie Sipe, executive director of the California Travel Parks Association (CTPA), which is providing funds to support Murray’s legal efforts, said the suit is potentially precedent setting because if the CCC is allowed to assert regulatory authority over campgrounds and RV parks, there would be nothing to stop other agencies from doing the same thing.
“It could result in inconsistent laws and regulations across the state,” she said.
Murray, who is represented by the Zumbrun Law Firm of Sacramento, Calif., contends in his suit that the CCC “has no authority to issue or revoke permits for the operation of a recreational vehicle park.”