The Site

The Beachfront RV Park, located at the mouth of the Chetco River and fronting the Brookings beach, might be transferred to Curry County Parks and Rec Department under a 30-year-lease proposal.

More questions than answers exist as Port of Brookings Harbor commissioners consider an offer from the Curry County Parks and Rec Department to take over management and operation of the port’s Beachfront RV Park at 16035 Boat Basin Rd.

Under a proposed 30-year-lease agreement, initially the county would receive 25% of the net profits of the RV park’s operation, the port would receive 65%, and 10% would go to repay a loan from the county’s road fund, which would be used to repair a broken restroom.

Once that loan was repaid, the net-profit split would then be 70% for the port and 30% for the county.

Based on revenue and expense numbers over the previous six years, the average net revenue would be $379,854, with the port receiving $246,905 under the proposed lease agreement, County Parks receiving $94,964, and $37,985 going to repay the loan.

After the loan is repaid, the respective shares based on the six-year average would give the port $265,898 and County Parks $113,956.

Curry County Parks Director Josh Hopkins, and the county’s director of operations, Julie Schmelzer, made the presentation to the port’s commissioners during its regular meeting Oct. 24.

Under the plan, County Parks would be responsible for all operations, maintenance and future development of the RV park’s facility area. The county would take possession of the portion of the property used for the RV park, such as tables, fire pits, janitorial supplies and operating equipment.

Hopkins said the County Parks and Rec Department has access to additional resources that are unavailable to the port that would help finance upgrades and improvements to the facilities.

County Parks receives funding from the state’s RV license fees, based on the number of campsites available. Those fees amount to $700 to $1,000 per year for each campsite, whether it’s for an RV site, yurt or tent. The Beachfront RV Park currently has 92 sites, according to the map on its website.

The county also is eligible to apply for opportunity grants through lottery funds, which can be used to repair campgrounds.

The Beachfront RV Park was built in 1968, with a costly $400,000 estimated expense to replace its restroom.

The additional funds the county would receive through RV license fees and lottery grants could be used to regrade the gravel and replace the picnic tables with ones that are ADA-compliant, Hopkins added.

At the Oct. 24 meeting, the port commissioners were scheduled to hear a proposal for how much fixing the restroom would cost. The port has been in the process of seeking a bank loan to fund those repairs.

Because the county has money it can borrow from the road fund, it would be able to get the bathroom done before the busy season, without having to qualify for a bank loan.

One question from commissioners was whether the county would take into account the port’s master plan, to which Hopkins replied that county officials would look at what the port has been working on and try to match it. The port has identified eventually re-doing the site’s laundromat and store, along with other upgrades.

Other questions during the Oct. 24 meeting included which expenses would become the county’s responsibility, such as power, water, trash, sewer, permit and license fees, advertising, propane, telecommunications, cable TV, IT support and services, and merchant services and bank fees.

After the presentation, the port commissioners canceled their bank loan request and created a subcommittee to work on drafting a lease agreement with the county.

That subcommittee subsequently forwarded additional questions and several suggested lease terms, which will be brought before a Curry County commissioners’ workshop at 2 p.m. Wednesday.


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