St. Martin

Dec 2, 2011 5:33 PM by Shawn Kline

Campers "overstaying their welcome" to be removed

In Butte LaRose, some people say they've had enough of some campers they say are "living it up" on a parish campground; and there's only one public campground on the banks of Bayou LaRose:
Uncle Dick Davis Park.

Neighbors say it has some big problems, starting with the people who are there 24-7.

"These people are living here." One woman says, "they have their utilities, they have their water, they have power- they're living high on the hog!"

The people we interviewed did not want to be identified because they live nearby and they say the campground is attracting some suspicious characters.

"(There was) a bank robber painting his car with spray paint." A man told KATC, "evidently someone tipped him off and the cops showed up and arrested him."

Most campgrounds have a two-week limit, then it's time to get back on the road. But at Uncle Dick Davis Park, campers are staying as long as they'd like. One camper, a registered sex offender, even claimed this as his permanent residence.

"Campers come with children," a neighbor told us. "Children run all over the park and have a great time but you don't want to go camping with a child molester."

KATC's Shawn Kline called St. Martin Parish Government about these complaints and Parish President Guy Cormier says the rules are changing this week: giving campers just 10-consecutive days a month to stay on site.

That news, a relief to those who call Butte LaRose their permanent home.

"It's not a trailer park, it's a camp ground. That's what it's supposed to be."

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