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Trash piles up at Clearwater mobile home park, owner claims problem has been resolved

CLEARWATER, Fla. (WFLA) - Residents of a Clearwater mobile home park have had enough.  

They live in the Boulevard Estates Mobile Home Park and tell 8 On Your Side the trash has been piling up for days in front of the park's laundry facilites.  

So much trash, residents haven't been able to get in the facilities.

But that's not the only issue.  

The trash attracts bugs and rodents, and then there is the smell.

Donnie Ray Fitch says he's at his wits end.  

"It's totally aggravating," said Fitch. "It smells, you can smell it in the air."  

Fitch says he and his wife Sue moved into the park several years ago and have spent time and money fixing up their mobile home. Now, they have trash bags sitting outside, because they refuse to pile it on the other trash that hasn't been picked up.

They claim they have gone to management to complain, but their complaints have fallen on deaf ears.

"These people don't want to do nothing," said Fitch. "It's going on every other night and every weekend and they come in here like it's nothing."

By the time we arrived at the park, the maintenance crew had cleaned up most of the mess and a property manager politely told us we had to leave. We contacted the park's owner, RHP Properties, a Michigan company.

RHP'S President, Joel Brown, issued the following statement:

The safety and wellbeing of our residents is our first priority. A clerical error was identified as the reason for a delay in trash pickup and the issue has been corrected. The situation should be rectified later today or tomorrow. We are in the process of notifying residents and apologize for any inconvenience.

Beverly Van Zandt has lived in the park for 11 years and is hopeful the company's statement will net results, but she's not confident.  

"You know what, sir, my name is rent check. That's all I am. I'm a rent check," said Van Zandt.  

"And, to honestly care, they know where I'm at as far as my age and my income and being able to go somewhere and start somewhere else. They know I can't do that."


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