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California County Asks Landowner To Shut Down Campground On Property

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Totally Epic, a campground in Cambria, California has been asked to close during a recent San Luis Obispo County code enforcement hearing, a report said.

The code enforcement hearing officer Stephen Underwood informed Michael “Buddy”, a Cambria landowner, that the rustic campsite the Iraq war veteran had built on his commercially-zoned property high above Cambria’s historic East Village was illegal.

According to the report, the county requested that Campo stop operating his property as a campsite within 30 days, and remove any illegal plumbing or electrical connections. He was also requested to stop using cargo containers as human habitation and to remove them from his property.

He was also required to submit a permit to build his deck in the same period.

Campo advertised his campground, named Totally Epic, on Hipcamp.com, a site that describes itself as a “comprehensive resource for discovering and booking unique outdoor stays including tent camping, RV parks, cabins, treehouses, and glamping.”

According to Campo’s Hipcamp.com listing, there are eight campsites on three acres. There are also bathroom facilities and a community barbecue and fire pit. According to the listing, there is also a live oak tree and an old-growth Eucalyptus tree.

Campo also provided graded campsites, picnic tables, and a small pond. The 3,500-gallon water tank was filled with water that he has brought in. It has been treated with a Culligan process. Cambria municipal water is available to his home, but he says he doesn’t use it for the campground.

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