At Louisiana’s Fontainebleau State Park near Mandeville, 12 waterfront cabins that accommodated thousands of tourists a year, now are riddled with mold and broken dishes. Vandals visit to drink beer and destroy what nature didn’t.
The Shreveport Times reported that Hurricane Isaac pummeled the park and sent four to five foot waves crashing into the cabins.
Parts of the boardwalks connecting the cabins collapsed. Mold crept up the walls and studded the sheets with black polka dots. Water ruined the leather couches.
Repairs still are on hold more than a year later even though Fontainebleau is the so-called cash cow of the state park system. The deluxe cabins rented for $150 a night during the peak season, generating thousands of dollars a year.
The state of the cabins at Fontainebleau is at the heart of a political dispute that touches the entire state park system.
Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne contends projects are piling up because Gov. Bobby Jindal and legislators made a practice of using a state park repair fund to pay the parks’ daily operational expenses. Now, he said, the fund is dry.
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Hurricane Isaac caused more than $7 million in damage to state parks in south Louisiana and forced some into months-long closures.
The Associated Press reported that Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, who oversees the state parks agency, told The Times-Picayune that the damage estimates are based on preliminary surveys.
Dardenne says Fontainebleau State Park in Mandeville and Fairview-Riverside State Park in Madisonville bore much of Isaac’s wrath. The two St. Tammany Parks account for more than $3 million of the damage.
The lieutenant governor says he doesn’t expect Fairview-Riverside to reopen until late this year.
At Fontainebleau, which in recent years has had millions of dollars of renovations and upgrades, things were worse. Dardenne says cabins there will remain closed for at least six months.
The state of Louisiana awarded Pinnacle Park Homes the contract for six park models it was adding to the Sam Houston Jones State Park in Lake Charles, La.
Ochlocknee, Ga.-based Pinnacle Park Homes has now completed the project. This is just one of many projects that Pinnacle Park Homes has been a part of for state and local governments, according to a news release. Campground owners know the value of offering rental cabins at their parks and now many states are looking to increase revenue at their parks by adding park model and cabin rentals.
Pinnacle Park Homes has recently released three new cabin and park model price point packages designed just for campground owners. These units are designed to sleep six people and come complete with all appliances and heat/AC, one of the units even comes with two TV’s.
Pinnacle Park Homes offers an optional furniture package with all of their units.
“Anything we can do to accommodate our campground owners to make it easy for them to generate income faster is what we are all about,” says Andy Davis, sales manager.
Currently Pinnacle Park Homes offers many different options for financing, including one plan that allows campground owners to get their cabins and park models now and make no payments till 2011.
Visit them on the web at: www.pinnacleparkhomes.com or call them at 866-574-5159 for more information.