Kampgrounds of America (KOA) has purchased a 46-site mobile home park in Kissimmee, Fla., an Orlando suburb, and KOA will transform the property into a high-end RV park in about six months, according to the Orlando Sentinel newspaper.
KOA tried to help the residents of the Kissimmee Campgrounds find new locations for their manufactured homes, but many of the residents said they still will be in a difficult predicament, according to the newspaper.
KOA also provided lists of places where Kissimmee Campgrounds residents could move, according to Mike Gast, a spokesman for KOA.
But even though a new Florida law reimburses manufactured home owners who are evicted from their trailer park sites, several residents told the Sentinel that their units are too old and fragile to be moved. Some residents also said other manufactured home park operators will not accept their older trailer homes.
About two-thirds of the residents of Kissimmee Campgrounds live there year-round and the remainder are seasonal residents.
The Florida Manufactured Housing Association estimates 700 to 1,000 manufactured home lots disappear annually in the state due to land use changes, according to the Sentinel.
Meanwhile, Osceola County, Fla., government officials are supportive of KOA’s plan because it will “bring in some high-end tourist dollars for the county,” Gast said.