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Today's letters: Mobile home life isn't like a slum

By LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Published July 24, 2007


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Re: Our true ticking time bombs, story, July 22.

Mobile home life isn't like a slum

Oooohhh. Another "run to the hills" report that says mobile homes are "true ticking time bombs" waiting for a hurricane to blow them up. Thanks for the image.

And you're telling us this, why? Having lived in a manufactured home (preferred name) for the past 10 years ( just moved for other reasons), like all mobile home owners, I knew that the next big storm might blow me into homelessness. But like so many other mobile home owners, I had no alternative. Personally, I was not waiting for any inheritance.

However, I'm happy to report that mobile home living is inexpensive, clean and quite comfortable. It isn't as if we're the abject poor, mostly seniors, living in a slum. Please.

To describe the mobile home as "debris" after damage from a storm or "tin shacks," "these things" in a "trailer park" before a storm, is to show utter disregard for the simple fact that these are where people live. Your neighbors. Your friends. Some by choice, some by circumstance.

No more, please. These reports only tend to remind everyone what is already known and only tend to frighten everyone.

Now, if we can only get the weather forecasters to stop alarming everybody with their reporting "disturbances" off the coast of Africa and predicting how many storms there will be this year.

Ooooh. Pinellas is a scary place.

Jack Bray, Dunedin

Re: Our true ticking time bombs, story, July 22.

Owners of mobile homes not stupid

The story would have us believe that mobile home parks that have been standing since the 1960s are suddenly a threat.

I, too, lived in Anchor North Bay Mobile Home Park - see "Peace of Mind for $66,000" by staff writer Anne Lindberg in the same edition. I moved there at 55, planning to live in my mobile home forever.

Here's how it's really done by the park owners, the county and the developers.

Allow the mobile home park to deteriorate by lowering services. Keep advertising and selling homes, but don't investigate backgrounds of people moving in and then refer to mobile home parks as blighted. Quietly arrange with a Realtor to sell the land even though Florida law requires right of first refusal so mobile home owners can buy the land. Change the zoning to speed up the process. Bring on the developers.

"Tin shacks," as mobile homes were referred to by the Pistorino and Alam Engineering firm, don't stand for 40 to 50 years if they are not substantial, and who wants to live in their concrete "Purple Martin" houses.

Please don't think mobile home owners are so ignorant as to believe what you're telling us. At least tell the truth. The reason for getting rid of the mobile home parks is to increase the tax base for the county. Think how many more people you can stuff in condos than in mobile home parks.

Marlyn Jackson, Clearwater

Aim outsourcing at just a select few

Regarding Clearwater's proposed outsourcing (of recreation center operations), we believe that any outsourcing should be limited to Clearwater's mayor and city manager.

E.A. Sinnott and Catherine H. Sinnott, Clearwater

[Last modified July 24, 2007, 06:39:52]


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