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Dry Camping Urgency Ordinance ends in Paradise

The Dry Camping Urgency Ordinance has ended in Paradise, but not everyone is ready to get back on the grid.

Posted: Nov 22, 2019 4:24 PM
Updated: Nov 22, 2019 5:41 PM

PARADISE, Calif. - The Dry Camping Urgency Ordinance has ended in Paradise, but not everyone is ready to get back on the grid.

Mike Hoagluand has lived on the same property in Paradise for 51 years.

He lost his workshop, home, equipment, and classic car collection to the Camp Fire. He said he didn't have insurance.

Now, he's trying to find ways to make money, but it's not easy.

He bought an RV and is living off the grid on his property. 

He wasn't aware that the Dry Camping Urgency Ordinance, enacted in May 2018, ended on November 22.  But he said it doesn't make much difference to him.

"I'm staying right here," Hoagluand said. "This is my property, I pay my taxes and I've been here for 50 years as of last year, and by God, I am staying here."

The Town of Paradise will be sending out letters to property owners, letting them know that dry camping has ended, and how to proceed. 

Residents must get permits and hook up to electricity, water, and septic. Those who are out of compliance will face administrative fees.

The town said it has no plans to extend the ordinance and instead would rather work with residents to help bring them up to code.

Read the urgency ordinance from the Town of Paradise below:

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