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FRIDAY, JANUARY 5, 2007
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Campground problem good one for Decatur

Let's call it a good problem at Point Mallard Park where there are not enough spots in the campground to accommodate the number of people wanting one at certain times of the year.

Maurice Gautreau of Flint was one of the people waiting in line for hours Wednesday to get one of the coveted 75 reservations for the Alabama Jubilee Hot-Air Balloon Classic and for the Spirit of America Festival. The remaining 135 spots with proper hookups will go on a first-come, first-serve basis to campers who show up for the events.

Mr. Gautreau said the city should expand the campground.

Of course, there are obstacles to expansion, but having as many local and out-of-town campers as possible only enhances the park's reputation.

Those dates are obviously peak demand times but the city sure makes a lot of people angry with its present policy and these are people who could be strong advocates of the park.

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