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Joe and Roselle Miklosi were drawn into Traverse Bay RV Park near Traverse City, Mich., by a sign advertising tiny stationary homes, the Record-Eagle reported.

The Miklosis have tooled around and lived in their motorhome for 23 years, ever since their kids grew up. Now they think it may be time to settle down, and the RV park in Acme Township caught their eye.

“As we get older, we just don’t want a lot to take care of,” Joe Miklosi said. “We want something that’s small and easy to take care of.”

Park owner David Scheppe believes he has just the thing for the Miklosis. But his efforts to lure new customers through expansion ran afoul of township zoning rules; Scheppe failed to obtain required township permits.

Scheppe plans to expand the park’s offerings to small, stationary homes that people can buy and stay in for six months of the year. The park off M-72 already offers more than 200 lots for RV owners to purchase, as well as a pool, tennis court and other amenities. Many lots have nicely landscaped yards, some of which are personalized with ornaments and mailboxes.

Scheppe is working to put the first 12 homes into the park, but might have tried to do too much too soon.

Acme Township officials fined Scheppe $50 per day from July 10 until Wednesday for putting in two drainage basins before he had land use or special use permits, said township Zoning Administrator Shawn Winter. Township officials were surprised to learn in a July 10 letter that site work started and finished in May, prior to permitting.

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