PLACIDA

People living in Gasparilla Mobile Estates have until Nov. 7 to find a new place to live, according to a letter sent to the park’s owners.

Some of the mobile home trailers are used as homes for families, while others call it home year-round.

But contrary to what you might think, the aftermath of Hurricane Ian is displacing them. Instead, the property owner herself provides all the impetus.

The people who call Gasparilla Mobile Estates home are rebuilding and rebuilding, and they’re working together after Ian.

One of those people who live in mobile homes is Gary DuPree.

“Anyone need help moving stuff, I’m here, just knock on the door,” DuPree said.

Nice gesture from DuPree, especially considering he lost everything in the storm.

But people aren’t leaving anytime soon, even after the park owner sent an email saying that all of your belongings must be collected by November 7th and you must leave.

Larry Clontz lives on the property and slammed the email as “heartless”.

“It’s incredibly cold to give people 28 days to get out,” Klontz lamented.

The email said they can’t provide the things you need so the homeowners are surrendering your license.

“I got them back, she’s kicking everybody out,” Klontz said. “No electricity, no water, no sewage.”

WINK News tried to get answers from the woman who owns the park, but did not hear back.

Thousands of dollars were invested in Klontz’s house, so he and his wife, they say, will not leave.

‚ÄúDespite the people who live here, this is all they have. It’s a 55 and over park, so there’s nowhere for them to go. The housing market has suffered, Klontz said.

WINK News has yet to hear back from the owner, but when we do, we’ll let you know what she has to say.