Private nudist campground in Sheldon docked $28,750

A communal campground for nudists reached a $28,750 settlement with the state over environmental violations, the Agency of Natural Resources announced Monday.

Maple Glen’s 300-acre campground in Sheldon includes an in-ground heated pool, a hot tub, RV hook-up sites with a water tap, sewer access, a communal fire pit, recreational courts, a golf course and several other development projects, according its website.

But the self-identified “club and campground” violated state standards for wastewater, wetlands, solid waste, Act 250, water supply and open burning regulations, according to the Agency of Natural Resources.

The Department of Environmental Conservation’s Compliance and Enforcement Division received a complaint in 2009 from a former campground member.

DEC says Maple Glen hired an engineer and is addressing the violations.

“The company corrected the solid waste, wetland, and burning issues during the pendency of the investigation. The company also obtained a wastewater system and potable water supply permit and installed one of two approved systems, and has decided to re-design the uninstalled system,” a news release stated.

In addition to the penalty, the campground will have its engineer submit an amended wastewater permit application, disconnect and remove any unapproved structures, and remove any unapproved structures requiring an Act 250 permit that were built after 1970.

Maple Glen has submitted an Act 250 permit application that is under review.

Campground officials could not be reached by phone Wednesday.

John Herrick

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  • Paul Lorenzini

    Who are the nudists, and which campaigns have they donated to? Are they employed by .gov?


  • Robert Palmer

    That government agency should be ashamed of itself for charging such an exorbitant fee to a campground that is providing a community service. If we really had liberty & Justice, there would be a place for nudists on public land.

  • Jon Corrigan

    Reminds me of the time we wound up at a hotel on the beach in Corfu. The manager told us it was a ‘clothing optional’ beach, which we thought was great – until we realized the entire clientele consisted of 75+ year old German grannies.

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