Maggie Valley area residents are raising concerns that a group of people living in tents on a property near Jonathan Creek Road are becoming a nuisance and may pose a threat.

According to county records, the 37.4-acre property is owned by Camp Bethel Inc., a nonprofit for which Richard Bates is listed as president and secretary. Bates was recently cited by the town of Waynesville for violating zoning restrictions when he allowed people to stay overnight at the Bethel Resource Center, which was supposed to serve as an office space.

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