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Florida spends millions on questionable mobile home program



Over the past dozen years, Florida has spent more than $33 million putting anchors under aging mobile homes to keep them from blowing away.

The program, free to homeowners, was supposed to make thousands of outdated mobile homes safer in the next storm.

Don't count on it.

Of the more than 23,000 mobile homes retrofitted so far, few appear to have received enough anchors to bring them up to the state's tough safety standards.

Mobile homes requiring a dozen or more new tie downs instead got just a handful. And state-mandated devices that keep a home from sliding end to end were not always installed.

Homeowners, many elderly, received letters signed by the contractor leading them to believe their retrofitted homes met today's standards.

They did not.

Critics call the program a waste. Ken Cashin thinks otherwise. He's the Tallahassee businessman and mobile home lobbyist who sat on a state committee that designed the program in 1999.

Story here.

[Last modified: Friday, December 9, 2011 3:51pm]


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