At a public hearing on Monday night, there was no opposition to the initial plan to establish a horse camp in Egg Harbor Township.Dave and Penny Geitner briefed the town committee and a small number of attendees on the initial plan for the Geithner Homestead Horse Camp on 10 acres of the family’s 97-acre farm. The proposed campsite will be located on Oak Road to separate the property. There will be 29 campsites, each with water and electricity connections. Preliminary plans show that 20 of the 29 sites will have steel door fences, equivalent to two 12-foot x 12-foot stalls. Seven of the 29 sites will be pass-through campsites.
Future plans include adding mobile country houses to some locations-without electricity service or running water. The sketches of the bathroom and shower facilities show that the women's toilet has three toilets, three sinks and three showers; the men's toilet has two toilets, two urinals, two sinks and three showers.
The plan will enable families to maintain a farm by combining a passion for agriculture with a background in tourism. Together with the fourth generation family farm, the family owned and operated the Bailey Sunset Motel and Cottage in Bailey Port for 16 years. When none of their children expressed interest in running the family business, the Geithners sold the motel last year. However, their youngest daughter did express interest in maintaining the family farm.
"This is the natural coexistence of two different parts: agriculture and horse riding in Door County," Dave Geithner said after a public hearing that lasted less than a quarter of an hour. "This is a good niche market; we have strong support from local riding groups; the community needs it." Geithner said, he believes campgrounds are a destination for riders who live in Men County within an hour or two. , They want to ride horses in new places but don’t want to transport their animals for long journeys. "This allows people to leave within an hour or so from home, ride horses, and then go out and enjoy all the other things Door County has to offer," he said.
Next, the Geithners will submit their plan to the city planning committee. The date of that meeting has not yet been determined.