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Posted on: September 6, 2020

City Launches Trial Paid Recreational Vehicle (RV) Camping Program

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City Launches Trial Paid Recreational Vehicle (RV) Camping Program to Help Address Illegal RV Camping in Town

This summer has seen unprecedented numbers of RV’s visiting Morro Bay, with a large number of them illegally camping on the waterfront and in neighborhood communities because of lack of approved spaces in Morro Bay.  While the City Council recently approved an increase in the fine for illegal RV camping to $250, enforcement is only part of the solution.  The other prong to addressing this issue is launching a trial waterfront RV program.  The City has set up 19 total spaces that have strict rules and regulations for behavior to keep community and other impacts to a minimum, and will be enforced by the Harbor Patrol and Police.  This program will be financially self-supporting, and provide additional needed revenues to the City to help maintain the waterfront and continue the services the community has come to expect. 

 With an ever-increasing demand for RV camping in Morro Bay, even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit and domestic travel increased, a City-run waterfront RV camping program has been in the making for more than a year.  First introduced to the public through the Harbor Advisory Board, and eventually being approved on a limited pilot basis by the City Council this past spring, three sites have been selected and will be open for business soon.  This program was also approved by the California Coastal Commission as a pilot program on a trial basis.  

Three RV spaces have been created in the western portion of the Coleman Park dirt parking lot adjacent to the basketball court, nine RV spaces were created in a portion of the Harbor Department’s outdoor storage yard near Morro Creek at the end of the dirt Embarcadero extension road, and seven combination RV or tent camping spots established in the "Triangle Parking Lot" behind the Maritime Museum.  All spaces are for "dry" camping only, meaning there are no RV hook-ups or services provided - everyone must be fully self-contained.   

Reservations are now being taken through the end of the year, with the first availability for camping on September 10.  For more information and details, please visit www.MorroBayCA.gov/1020/Waterfront-RV-Tent-Camping.  We look forward to working with the public to accommodate this rising need, while simultaneously minimizing the impacts to the community as we trial-run this new program for a four to six-month period.

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