Signs advertising proposed ‘glampground’ removed

By: 
Linda Gallagher, Associate Editor

Photo by Linda Gallagher

A locked gate and a number of "No Trespassing" signs now mark the entrance to property in Echo Township originally proposed about two years ago by an Alden couple as the "Bella Solviva" camping resort. When construction did not move forward as promised and questions mounted, those who had paid deposits for vacations at the "glampground" began making efforts to obtain refunds, but many have still not received their money back, prompting complaints to both the Better Business Bureau and the Michigan State Police. 

ECHO TOWNSHIP – Two signs proclaiming the imminent appearance of a much-promoted "glampground" in Echo Township have been removed. Instead, a locked gate and several "No Trespassing" signs mark the location where the glorified camping resort was to have been located.

The signs, on both Old State Road and on Skinkle Road in Echo Township east of Central Lake, disappeared earlier this month.

The signs were initially placed on the property, which according to Antrim County records belongs to a resident of Forest Home Township, in the spring of 2016 when questions first arose regarding the validity of the proposed glampground promoted by Alden residents Sandy and Brad Carlson.

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