Pecos Front Yards Look More Like Campgrounds 7/23/13
CBS 7 News Reporter
July 23, 2013
Pecos - The city of Pecos has seen tremendous growth the past year, but it creates growing pains.
RV parks have popped up all over town. So many that driving through Pecos, youíll start to find that front yards are more like campgrounds.
Take a closer look at these travel trailers, you've got sewage, cable, even a grill, but these make-shift homes are not to live in permanently.
"They're parked in driveways, they're protruding 10-20 feet in front of houses," Venetta Seals, mayor of Pecos said.
In an effort to get these unwelcome neighbors to leave, the city passed an ordinance making it illegal to live in an RV outside of permitted RV parks. The only problem is, all of the RV parks are full.
"It is so hard, there are no places," Gloria Reyna said.
Reyna's family has been living in an RV park for 5 months. Her sister-in-law recently moved to town; she wasn't as lucky finding a place.
"There was no space for her here, she had to look," Reyna said.
Because there is literally no more space for RVís to be in town legally, it is a challenge to enforce the new ordinance at all.
"It's a double edged sword to do code enforcement," mayor Seals said. "I don't know that there is a good solution right now. But at the same time, we've got to start thinking, 'how are we going to address the situation.'"
City council tabled any solutions at their last city council meeting. They'll revisit the topic at their next meeting.