Illegal camping in Cleveland area? Authorities looking at possibility during RNC

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PENINSULA, Ohio-- With hotel rooms full for miles during the Republican National Convention, federal authorities have considered the possibility that last-minute visitors to Cleveland may attempt to set up camp illegally in area parks.

A spokesperson for the FBI insists there is no credible information to suggest that it will happen, but it is on the long list of possible scenarios for which those who are preparing for the RNC need to prepare.

The FBI released a statement that reads:

“The FBI, along with numerous federal, state and local law enforcement agencies have been planning and sharing information for months in preparation for the upcoming Republican National Convention (RNC). Recently it was shared with Metro Park Rangers that individuals planning to be present in Cleveland during the RNC may choose to illegally stay in one of our Metro Parks due to the hotels having no availability. The FBI is not aware of any current threat or concern to any of the Metro Parks.”

The Summit County Metroparks has no designated camp areas.

The Cuyahoga Valley National Park has five designated camp sites near the Stanford House in Peninsula. They can be reserved for $25 a night.

A spokesperson for the Cuyahoga Valley National Parks tells Fox 8 there are no reservations for the week of the convention.

If someone should attempt to camp there illegally they will be asked to pack up and leave.
If they do not, they can be detained and fined.

The FBI says rangers know their parks and their clientele best and are more than capable of addressing any concerns.

A National Park spokesperson tells Fox 8 they have already dealt with illegal camping in the past but they do not expect any trouble.

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