(a) The Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection shall not lease camping
sites at shore parks to the same camping party for more than three weeks during the
camping season. The commissioner shall (1) lease camping sites to the same camping party for additional
periods of up to three weeks, provided such camping party vacates the shore park for
a minimum of five days between leases, or (2) lease any vacant camping sites on a
first come, first served basis. The commissioner may adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter
54 1 to establish limits on the length of camping site leases. The lease length limitation in this subsection shall be effective until June 30,
2013, or until such regulations are adopted, whichever is later.
(b)(1) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, the Commissioner
of Energy and Environmental Protection shall establish a pilot program for the 2013
camping season, allowing five per cent of camping sites in shore parks to be leased
by the same camping party without a limitation on the number of days leased. Notwithstanding the schedule of fees established pursuant to section 23-16, the commissioner may charge a nightly fee for such camping sites equal to one hundred
fifty per cent of the applicable fee charged during the 2012 camping season.
(2) On or before February 1, 2014, said commissioner shall report, in accordance with
the provisions of section 11-4a, to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters
relating to the environment and finance, revenue and bonding regarding the pilot program
established pursuant to subdivision (1) of this subsection. Such report shall include, but not be limited to, a description of the implementation
of the pilot program, its impact upon the availability of camping sites, the reaction
of families using the camping sites and recommendations for changes, if any, in the
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