We’ve lived here for 22 years, and I have never met this neighbor of mine. Yet he distributed this letter of opposition to our glamping opposition in our neighborhood.
I called him and asked if there was anything I could say to persuade him against his opposition. He replied that he’d stick with dealing with the county rather than me, and I suppose that is this right. Not very neighborly, but within the law.
If another neighbor happens to have caught wind of the letter, I hope they see through the straw man arguments and hyperboles. I hope they see Wendy and me, our family, and our hospitable glamping business. Here is my letter to them:
A fellow neighbor of ours distributed a letter about our family and our property. I (Chris) called and spoke with him. He expressed he is upset about the business we’re running. We’re not out to upset anyone, but for the record, allow us to set some info straight.
Wendy and I, together with our children, have been offering “glamping” sites for three seasons now. Not sure if you noticed. It stands for “glamorous camping,” a fad in Europe that has recently spread to America, a nice small business venture for our family. It is a very low traffic operation consisting of six units, nowhere near the capacity of a typical campground.
Our neighbor has called the county about permitting, and I’ve been dinged on a few issues. Much like any code, you sometimes don’t know you’re breaking it until it’s pointed out to you. The county has set me straight on some things, and we’ve come into compliance 100% of the time.
Our neighbor claimed that we were “shut down,” which isn’t true. Our operation has been inspected and was never deemed unsafe or unsanitary. We have, however, closed operations while we submit for a special use permit. If all goes as planned, Wendy and I hope to be fully permitted by this summer to run our operation for a 4th season.
We’re really a kind and hospitable family who cares deeply for all our neighbors. We have since we moved here 22 years ago. But we love this little business we have going down here, and we’re open to answering questions you may have.
Chris & Wendy Jeub