MISE & Agrave; DAY
Dozens of Quebec snowbirds evicted from their mobile home park in Florida will have no other choice but to abandon their home or worse: to see it pass under the peak of the wreckers.
Our Bureau of Investigation reported yesterday that the Twin Lakes Travel Park, located a stone's throw from the Fort Lauderdale airport, has just been sold to two US corporations for $ 64 million. & nbsp;
About 300 Quebecers live there, owners of their mobile homes, but not of the land. & nbsp;
The eviction notice sent in the last few weeks is clear: they must move their home before June 1, 2022 or abandon it. & nbsp;
The problem is that the majority of the houses are either too old, or in too bad condition to be moved. & Nbsp;
This is what awaits Josée Brassard, who goes out of her way to find another mobile home park to enjoy his retirement after borrowing $ 70,000 to buy his home. & nbsp; & nbsp;
“When you get there, the first thing they ask is 'how old is your house?' Because they're just taking 2000s and up. Mine is a 1986 & nbsp; “, deplores the resident of Quebec, who spends her first winter in Florida.
Renaud Bourque, an electrical contractor from Beauce, fears having to leave his house he estimates at $ 200,000. “We will no longer have any rights to the house. They do what they want. We abandon it altogether. I am giving up 17 years of work here & nbsp; “, he indignantly.
History repeats itself
It seems that history is doomed to repeat itself in Florida, laments Michel Hacala. His parents were expropriated in November 2000 from Candlelight Park in Fort Lauderdale by the native Seminole nation, who built the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino there. & Nbsp;
“& nbsp; I remember seeing Quebeckers ax spanking the walls of the house crying and saying, 'They won't have my house' & nbsp; “, he says. & nbsp;
” & nbsp; The world was trying to get rid of their belongings, but there were 400 refrigerators for sale. So, they gathered to lose everything & nbsp; “, he evokes with emotion. & Nbsp;
Marie Poupart, collaborator of the Journal in Florida, notes that the increase in real estate prices may make moving snowbirds very expensive. & nbsp;
“& nbsp; My advice to Quebeckers is to make sure you own the land, because situations like this are going to arise more and more & nbsp; ”, she says.
The JE program will be replaying today and tomorrow, at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., on the waves of LCN.