Lake Mead National Recreation Area Property Owners Forced Out During Government Shutdown

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Approximately 60 families are not welcome in their “vacation homes” while the government is shutdown because the properties are on federal land.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the vacation home owners were given notice by the National Park Service to gather their stuff and leave, according to Christie Vanover, a spokeswoman for the Lake Mead Recreational Area.

“They are all vacation homes and everybody who lives in them are considered visitors,” Vanover said. “If anybody needs to gather their personal belongings, we’re not going to deny them access. They can go do that. They just can’t spend the nights there or have barbecues during the day.”

Bob Hitchcock has lived in his Lake Mead cabin for more than a quarter of a century.

“I wouldn’t call it a government shutdown,  I’d call it a government meltdown. If my kids ever acted like these politicians are acting — it’s probably not politically correct to say this anymore — but I’d beat the crap out of them, then send them to their rooms,” the 71-year-old Hitchcock told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Park officials said property owners can visit only to retrieve belongings. Part of a statement sent to KTNV states, "Unfortunately overnight stays are not permitted until a budget is passed and the park can reopen."

Joyce Spencer said the move was a lot to handle as a senior citizen. She’s 77 and her husband Ralph is 80. They’ve owned their Lake Mead home since the 1970s.

The Lake Mead properties are considered vacation homes and one of the lease requirements to own a plot is people must have an alternative residence, according to KTNV.

Sources: Las Vegas Review-Journal, KTNV