A proposal to construct a lakeside campground 12 miles northeast of a central Minnesota town has ignited hundreds of residents.
According to a report, Gun Lake cabin owners are worried about the campground’s pollution, noise, and environmental damage to the small lake.
While those who support the campground believe that Minnesotans should be able to take advantage of the state’s lakes even if they don’t have the money to afford a cabin.
As the Aitkin County Planning Commission debates whether to issue the campground a permit, many cabin owners–many have been connected to Gun Lake for generations–wrote letters to the commission expressing their opposition to the plan.
Meanwhile, the local family seeking to build the campground has gathered over 160 signatures on a petition in support.
“[Campers] have no responsibility,” said Scott Nelson, a local cabin owner and a leader of the Gun Lake Environmental Alliance. “They come, and they go. Cabin owners invest in the lake.”
Mike Hagel, who’s seeking permission for a 22-space RV campground, said it’s a matter of fair access.
“A lot of people can’t afford a cabin, but they can afford a weekend at a campsite,” he said. “We’re providing a seasonal place for people to come, and that’s what [cabin owners] have. They just can afford to own it, versus renting it.”
The campground issue heated up in western Wisconsin, where developers aggressively construct large campgrounds in locations like Burnett County, a favorite destination among Twin Cities residents.
The Planning Commission has scheduled its next hearing regarding the campground permit for April 18.
This story originally appeared on Yahoo.