Longtime Largo banker and landlord Norman Enzor is working to reopen Bragington Oaks, one of two Largo mobile home communities shut down earlier this year when the owners failed to pay the water bill.
Enzor, who sold the park three years ago, said he has paid the $6,000 back water bill and painted and cleaned up the area. Minor repairs on a pump station also will be completed, he said.
"I like to help people who need places to live that are reasonable," he said. "I cleaned up the area and when I get done, I wouldn't hesitate to move into one myself. I've done that before and will do it again."
Enzor, 75, who still is the holder of the loan, said he has had to go into foreclosure on the property, which includes 10 mobile homes, a duplex and a one-bedroom cottage.
He originally sold the community to a Virginia company, which two years later sold it to Key Largo Communities.
Key Largo, owned and operated by Andrea Trani and Helene Provenzano, got behind on the note and the park's water bill, causing it to be cut off.
With no water, the city of Largo shut the place down in October and the six renters of the mobile homes had to move. The city had earlier shut down No Go Largo Village, another park owned by Key Largo, after the water was shut off for lack of payment.
"The city has had issues over time with maintenance of the park, trash and debris, overgrown vegetation," said Carol Stricklin, Largo's community development director. "If the water and sewer issue are addressed, there is no reason why the mobile homes can not be occupied."
By the time Enzor got to Bragington, many of the mobile homes had been damaged, he said. The air conditioners had been ripped out of the units and put into homes at No Go Largo.
Stricklin said Enzor has volunteered to allow a safety inspector walk through the homes to make sure that they are structurally sound and safe to occupy and that the windows, doors and smoke detectors meet the minimum safety standards.
"He's working very hard," she said of Enzor.
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