Workshop targets housing shortage

City Council members and residents worry that affordable options are dwindling.

Published June 4, 2006

SEMINOLE - City leaders are concerned about residents' pleas that, with the conversion of mobile home parks and apartments to upscale condominiums, they will have no place left to live.

The lack of affordable housing in Seminole will be the focus on a workshop Tuesday, where some council members will share ideas from their recent trip to Tempe, Ariz., where they attended a forum on the topic presented by the National League of Cities.

The council may also discuss the possibility of placing a moratorium on some development in the city until stricter design rules are put into place.

Residents of the Bay Pines and Harbor Lights mobile home parks have repeatedly requested that the council institute a moratorium to help delay the redevelopment of the city's mobile home parks.

Bay Pines was sold in May, and mobile home owners have received eviction notices giving them six months to leave. Harbor Lights is also up for sale. The homeowners there were offered a chance to match the offer, but it's unlikely the park's mostly older residents will be able to do so.

The workshop is open to the public, but whether residents will be allowed to comment is at the council's discretion.

If you go

What: Seminole City Council workshop.When: 6 p.m. Tuesday.Where: Seminole City Hall, 9199 113th St. N.Information: 391-0204.