Webster, Mass., campground operator Michael Finamore recently received permission from local authorities to operate his facility year-round, according to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.
The local health board permit allows Finamore and his family to operate a campground and affiliated services such as a food store.
The permit does not control whether the Finamores operate under a KOA franchise. KOA corporate headquarters in Billings, Mont., revoked the Finamore family’s franchise rights in May and told the family to stop using KOA trademarks.
However, Finamore has said, through his attorney, Joseph P. Keegan of Quincy, Mass., that he will continue flying the KOA flag and wants to remain part of the KOA family. Keegan has said KOA does not have cause to unilaterally terminate the franchise agreement.
Local officials had earlier issued a seasonal permit mainly because the campground does not pipe water to each campsite during winter months. Local authorities also were concerned about children living at the campground during the off season.
Finamore appealed that decision and asked for a hearing. At the hearing, three year-round residents of the campground told the local board of health board that they provide their own hot and cold water, and a child living there said he was well and happy living with his family at the campground.
Finamore recently made plumbing improvements before submitting his latest request for an operating permit, the newspaper reported.