|Published:||Jul 18, 2013 10:52 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 19, 2013 12:01 AM EDT|
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla - Homeowners are fighting for a better and safer place to live. The mobile home neighborhood is located just off Radio Road and Livingston Road in East Naples.
Residents there say they've been asking management to fix the problems for years. Flooding is just one of many problems facing this community. Another safety concern is the fact that there are no lights.
Jenny Silguero has lived in the Southwinds Village for six years. She and dozens of other residents have a long list of issues they've brought to the managers attention. They say they're tired of being ignored. '
"They leave it to the side. They don't take what we say is going on for all of us," says Silguero. "They don't see that it's important, they never do anything."
Flooded streets, high water bills, dark streets and no help. More than a dozen homeowners have turned to attorney Albert Batista. He says people here are stuck because they own the mobile homes, but rent the land they're on and the homes are older, meaning if they're moved they won't meet current codes without expensive upgrades.
"Most of these mobile homes are pre-code 1992 so after Hurricane Andrew the building code changed drastically so most of these homes can't be moved," says Batista.
The management company for the property is a large corporation based in Michigan, but we caught up with the property manager on duty as she was leaving the park.
She says, "I am working on getting new pumps for the street but because I am a new manager and I don't have funding and until I get funding I can't do anything about it."
When asked about lights she said she's unaware of any plans to install lights, but is aware there is a problem with the darkness in the community.
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