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Foreclosed Largo mobile home park set to reopen

Norm Enzor is reopening Braginton Oaks Mobile Home Park. It was shut down in October because the water was turned off after the owner failed to pay the bill. Enzor has paid it and has rehabbed the park.

JIM DAMASKE | Times

Norm Enzor is reopening Braginton Oaks Mobile Home Park. It was shut down in October because the water was turned off after the owner failed to pay the bill. Enzor has paid it and has rehabbed the park.

A mobile home park shut down by the city for lack of running water is back in business.

Retired banker Norm Enzor, who wasn't responsible for the water problem, has been rehabbing Braginton Oaks Mobile Home Park since last fall. He recently got the okay from Largo to reopen the park.

Enzor holds the note for the park property near Clearwater-Largo Road. And the owner, Key Largo Communities Corp., fell behind on mortgage payments.

He foreclosed on the property at 605 Braginton St. And Tuesday, a circuit judge entered a $398,000 judgment against Key Largo and scheduled the sale of the property, which includes 10 mobile homes, two duplex units and a one-bedroom cottage.

"If I'm going to end up with it," said Enzor, 75. "I want to keep things operating."

Enzor thought he'd be able to open the park, shortly after paying the water bill last year. But it took a lot of work, tens of thousands of dollars and five months to get the park up and running, he said.

He had to get a permit to operate the sewer system in order to get the water turned on. He also had to obtain an annual permit from the health department for the park and pay off unpaid business taxes.

That's on top of the day-to- day work at the park, painting and cleaning and grooming the grounds.

Enzor, a landlord who owns several houses, used to own the park, too. He sold it four years ago to a Virginia company and held onto the mortgage. In June 2006, when that company sold the property to Key Largo Communities, Key Largo assumed responsibility for the loan.

Key Largo, operated by Andrea Trani and Helene Provenzano, ran Braginton Oaks up until October, when the city tagged most of the units uninhabitable. Largo officials said the lack of water and sanitary facilities was unsafe. The water was cut off by Pinellas County Utilities because the owner stopped paying the water bill.

Seven adults and four children who lived in five homes were displaced. The same thing happened at another park owned by Key Largo, No Go Largo Village at 1760 Clearwater-Largo Road, where 18 adults and 16 children were uprooted after going a week without running water.

Enzor said he's burnt out from fixing up the park and stressed out from waiting for city approval to reopen.

"That thing wore me out mentally and physically," Enzor said. "It took a toll on me."

Foreclosed Largo mobile home park set to reopen 03/14/09 [Last modified: Saturday, March 14, 2009 4:31am]
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