Clearwater mobile home park closing, residents given short notice of 6 months to move

Pinellas County

Residents living in the Southern Comfort mobile home park must vacate the property by October 31.

“The six months without no where to go, we can’t save money cause we to pay the rent,” said Nimie Cotto.

The park is closing, but residents just found out this week.

Cotto just paid thousands to fix her roof.

“There was no clue. There was nothing. These past couple of months everyone’s been putting money into their houses. This has been the last three months where you’re seeing all the progress,” she said.

Tracy Johnson has lived there for five years.

She’s on a fixed income and can’t afford to go anywhere else.

“The cheapest four bedroom I can find is south St. Pete or Holiday, for $1500 a month,” said Johnson.

The notice states the mobile home lot rentals are being changed to some other use.

According to the county, the park’s wastewater package plant has been failing for some time and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection took them to court.

A judge made the ruling to close the park.

8 On Your Side tried getting answers from staff at the office, but were put in touch with corporate instead.

Cotto said it’s not fair.

“Kids are growing here. We know who’s our neighbors and this has broken all our dreams. All we worked for,” she said.

The county previously cited the park for sewage discharges to Alligator Creek.

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