Coral Lake Mobile Home Park
Coconut Creek Rezoning Destroyed Homes
In 2003 the Commissioners and City of Coconut Creek Florida began a series
of acts that would conclude in 2006 with the mass eviction of over 200 families
from their manufactured home community.
This site was at the forefront of the fight at the time and now stands
alone as the only known historic collection of freely accessable articles,
Attorney General Opinions, Commission and P&Z meeting summeries, documents,
lawsuits, public comments, and more.
Included is some news reports and commentary on other manufactured home
communities that were also being destroyed by cities in league with
developers around the same time frame.
The former Coral Lake Manufactured Home Community currently exists as a
half finished town house construction project.
This Site is Being Maintained for Historic Information
Provide Resources to those in a Similar Situation
If you own a mobile or manufactured home within the boundaries of
the city of Coconut Creek, your home is in danger.
The city of Coconut Creek has written your park out of their
Comprehensive Plan for the future. Their goal is no mobile home parks
within city limits. This means your park will have to go !!!
First on their list is Coral Lake MHP, 4701 Lyons Road, Coconut
Creek, Florida 33073.
Despite being here first in our area since 1974 the Coral Lake Park
is under attack by code enforcement for the single purpose of building up
fines to the point where the city can threaten foreclosure forcing
the park owner to sell to any developer who will redevelop the park into
an acceptable townhouse community for Coconut Creek.
Our Mission Was:
A two year moratorium on mobile home park redevelopment.
All mobile home parks included in the Comprehensive Plan.
All mobile homes added to the HUD affordable housing inventory.
All mobile homes to have commercial land lease state protection.
To have all code enforcement fines against Coral Lake dropped.
Fair market value to be paid for change of land use eviction.
What's it all about: Florida law fails to protect
mobile home park residents who own their homes and lease
the land. Where once we were assured fair market value when
the use of the land was to change, we are now offered pennies
on the dollar to abandon our homes to the bulldozers.
What about the fines: We own our homes and lease
the land. The park has wrongly assumed liability for home
owner fines it is not responsible for and as a result we are
losing our homes. The fines need to be dropped and the park
reinspected and any fines applied to the owners of the items
in violation. We have an Attorney General's legal opinion on the tax sticker fines,
they are not the park's problem for the law Florida Statute 193.075
does not require
a sticker as sticker-less mobile homes automatically become
"tangible property" and are taxed as such.
What can be done about it: Local mobile home owners
need to let the city of Coconut Creek know we expect them to
fix their mistake and protect their citizens not take advantage
of them when it comes to developers wanting to destroy our homes.
What's in it for you: Our goal is to save our homes
and to put a stop to this nonsense. We paid for our homes and
should enjoy the right to live in them like any other honest
citizen in this city. If we fail you are next on the chopping
What about the Governor: Letters have gone out
to all locally elected officials, representatives and governor Jeb Bush,
asking for help, only form letters have come back with a few
replies that leave the reader wondering if they read any of what
we wrote. "i.e.: Our city is extorting our landowner into destroying
our homes please help us." reply: "You need to discuss this matter
with your city officials, we will soon reply to your request for
relocation information. (a request we didn't make)"
What about relocation: Relocation is expensive. Most
mobile homes that have settled look like they've been through
an earthquake when moved not to mention the cost of storage and
living expenses while the house is moved. The state fund pays
less then half the cost of moving a mobile home if it can be
moved successfully at all.
Can we fight city hall: This isn't a battle, it's
about doing the right thing for the citizens of Coconut Creek.
We live here, work here, children attend school here, this is
home only they've mistakenly written us out of the comprehensive
plan as unwelcome guests in their city.
How can I help: Take a few minutes to write or send an
email to your elected officials letting them know your concerns
about the land being sold out from under you and demand they
protect you from such abuse. Ask the City of Coconut Creek
Commissioners to protect the mobile homes at Coral Lake.
What about the FMO: The Federation of Mobile Home Owners
is the only voice speaking for mobile home owners the state listens
to. Join the FMO. Ask
your neighbors to join the FMO.,
If they can't afford the minimal cost offer to pay for their membership.
The more FMO members the
louder our voice in Talahassee. Do it today.
Why don't you buy the park: No money, no HOA Home
Owners Association, that opportunity has flown and besides
the same fines would fall on our heads if we owned the park.
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