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Laurel Springs RV Park Prohibits Photography of Permit Violations

The media-savvy think tank that owns the Laurel Springs RV Resort has finally figured out a way to cover up permit violations from neighbors who complain to the City of Houston, Harris County and the State of Texas. They’ve simply put up signs prohibiting photography that threaten prosecution. And they’ve installed slats in their chain-link fence to reduce visibility of their construction practices.

Controversial new sign at the Laurel Springs RV Resort at 1355 LAUREL SPRINGS LANE. Also note the new black-out slats inserted last week in the fence.

Losing Through Intimidation

It’s a classic case study in Losing Through Intimidation.

Want to lie low? Just challenge the First Amendment and the Texas Whistleblower Law! That’s sure to discourage media attention.

“If You See Something, Say Something.”

In the two decades since 9/11, we’ve been taught by authorities to “say something if you see something.” But the owners of the Laurel Springs RV Park take the opposite approach. They threaten prosecution of anyone photographing permit violations. So far, there have been four investigations of the property by the City of Houston (2), Harris County, and the State of Texas – all triggered by citizen-supplied photos. Harris County even threatened a lawsuit. And the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued a 64-page Notice of Enforcement.

So what do the owners do? It’s pure marketing genius. They put out a “Not Welcome” sign, erect a veil of secrecy, and threaten to sue anyone who complains.

But prohibiting photography of permit violations just makes people look harder. What are they trying to cover up?

Perhaps it never occurred to the owners that they should just stop violating permits and invite people to see how they are complying with the law. But no! That would be too simple.

Questionable Practices Documented to Date

So far they have been caught:

Their new “no photography” marketing ploy will surely make this a “destination vacation.” Except who wants to go to a glamour resort next to the railroad tracks and not take a camera?

I hope they invite me to cover their Grand Closing. But any ceremony will, no doubt, happen under the cloak of darkness, like much associated with their “See Nothing, Say Nothing” operation.

Posted by Bob Rehak on 4/10/2022

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