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Mobile home park tenants can stay put for now

TAMPA — More than two hours of negotiation with Tampa Sun Mobile Home Park's owners saved residents from eviction.

They can keep their homes for now, past the Friday evening deadline owners had set on Wednesday with eviction notices posted on doors.

St. Petersburg attorney Cary Cash faxed a letter to park owners Friday morning saying he was going to seek an emergency injunction to block the evictions.

After that, the owners returned his calls.

Negotiations will continue through Monday. Owners agreed to tend to immediate needs of tenants at the 1814 N 47th St. park. Waste pickup will restart, and a threat to shut off the water next week has been withdrawn.

Cash said he doesn't know why owners intended to close the park.

A woman who answered the phone for the company's corporate office in Hollywood, Fla., declined to comment. Calls to Sharon Brandt, an owner listed in state property records, were not returned.

Cash specializes in cases involving manufactured homes, but nearly always represents park owners. He's representing the roughly 40 residents for free.

Despite a leak that caved in the roof of her bedroom and a pile of stinky trash in the lot, Courtney Davis planned to stay anyway.

"You just can't do anything in two days," Davis said.

Ileana Morales can be reached at imorales@sptimes.com or (813) 226-3403.

Mobile home park tenants can stay put for now 07/31/09 [Last modified: Friday, July 31, 2009 11:18pm]
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