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A popular Maine campground is looking for approval from state and local officials for a $2 million expansion that will allow the resort to better accommodate larger motorhomes.
According to a report in the Portland Press, Bayley’s Camping Resort in Scarborough plans to add 180 new sites, including supersized campsites to handle the bigger vehicles.
“You have got to grow or sell out,” said Tom Bayley, general manager of the resort.
The campground is seeking state and local approval to do the work, starting next week with the Zoning Board of Appeals. Board members will look at issues such as traffic and effects on wetlands and the sewer system, said David Grysk, Scarborough’s code enforcement officer.
Bayley said he has gotten calls from neighbors asking about the project. The new sites would be buffered from surrounding houses, and the traffic increases would have little effect, he said.
The resort now has 566 sites that range from small plots for tents to places for large motorhomes. Each site has water, sewerage, electricity, cable television and wireless Internet.
Currently, the campground has to turn away RVers who are looking for larger spaces at the height of the summer.
Bayley noted that operating costs are rising at the park, which has two stores, a restaurant, entertainment and recreational activities.