LEE COUNTY, Fla.- People living in a Bonita Springs RV park, fear they will not have another place to go. The Manna Christian RV Park announced, they have to move out because the park is being renovated for seasonal visitors. This is the same r.v. park that flooded after Tropical Storm Fay in 2008, forcing many residents into a shelter.
The park has started its construction, and we're told a major reason is because the flooding gets so bad during the summer months, residents are often displaced.
"We don't want them to push us out, we want six months, and they don't have to touch nothing, before we move out," said one the park's residents.
Residents say it's hard for them to watch the place they call home, be taken from them.
"They want us away, because they want the place empty, and everyone is crying over here because we have lived here for so long."
But the problem is many who live at Manna Christian R.V. Park say with such short notice they have no where else to go.
"We've been here so long, we don't have nothing, we don't have, um....savings." Last week, the manager notified them the park would undergo renovations and re-open as seasonal. The manager says it's a decision made because of years of excessive flooding. By changing it to "seasonal" guests won't be there during the summer when it rains almost daily.
"We don't know what to do, we can't move the trailer, it's very hard," a translator for Blanca Paz told WINK News.
Paz said she fears what's next.
We are scared because we have children, we don't make much money and we rent is really high."
The park says it does have resources available such as a relocation specialist to help families, but Blanca says she can't find an affordable place. They have roughly 3 months to move, but the park says they are flexible, but hope to reopen November first.