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Pismo Beach campground to reopen next month after $190,000 revenue loss

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Mother Nature didn't play along in the goal to reopen the North Beach Campground by spring break.

"We still had standing water in the campgrounds, trees down and we couldn't clear it in time," said Dena Bellman with Pismo State Beach.

After nearly three months of closure and nearly $200,000 in lost revenue, park officials have a goal to reopen May 1st.

"We have several reservations booked starting May 15th, so we plan on sticking to that goal," said Bellman.

Fallen trees, cones and closure signs fill the campground. With no tents in sight, it's an unusual walk through the park.

"It's really odd. It's the first time ever. Usually, it's packed with people," said tourist Dave Johnson.

The fallen trees are not only keeping the campground closed but leading the monarch butterflies to leave a month early this season.

"You can see one large eucalyptus tree has fallen on this one main tree," said Cheryl Powers, coordinator for the Pismo Monarch Butterfly Grove.

The tree that fell in the grove could spell trouble for the butterflies. It is leaning on the most important tree in the grove.

"Our largest collection of butterflies are on that - what we call the Mother Tree in the grove," said Powers.

The butterflies won't return until November, giving park officials time to figure out how to save the tree.

"The largest population of monarchs had been right here in Pismo, so we'd hate to think that would change," said Powers.

In the meantime, the plan is to clean the campground for visitors in May.

Park officials say, although they've lost $190,000 in revenue, they will not have to make any job cuts or any drastic cuts to the general budget as long as they open in time for summer tourism.

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