Conflict over popular campground concert venue in Le Roy

Updated: 05/31/2014 11:25 PM
Created: 05/31/2014 10:46 PM WHEC.com

Town officials are considering closing a popular concert venue after two lawsuits have been filed.

The Frost Ridge Campground has been a staple in the Town of Le Roy for over 50 years, but now lawsuits are threatening its future.

“It’s for the little kids to the grandparents. You bring them all. They come and see a great show, or they go sliding down a slippery slope. It’s an amazing time,” said David Luetticke-Archbell, co-owner of the campground.

Archbell suddenly found himself in the middle of two lawsuits, one from the Town of Le Roy and one from neighbors. Both are targeting Frost Ridge Campground saying its summer concerts violate the town’s zoning code.

 Archbell says the site was there before zoning and was grandfathered in when the laws changed, but the town says as soon as the pool and stage came in, the campground had to comply.

“If it changes at all from the time that zoning came into existence, then you have to come into compliance with the code,” said Stephen Barbeau, the Town of Le Roy supervisor.

A temporary injunction barring all outdoor amplified concerts has moved campers inside, and while it’s not stopping them from having fun, the owner says if it lasts much longer it could put the campground out of business.

“Having to move things has cost us a lot, but we’re going to make it right regardless,” said Archbell.

The hearing for the lawsuit is set to start in August.

News10NBC spoke with neighbors who filed the suit, but they say the goal isn’t to put the campground out of business. They just want the concerts to stop so they can enjoy their property and have some peace and quiet.

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