Buck Bay Residents Still Moving Out
And while that process in itself presented lots of obstacles last year -- like claims the property was purchased under false pretense -- residents say their troubles don't stop there.
Some are struggling with the move.
One by one, the homes get dragged off their lots.
All that's left behind: flipped over porches, other debris -- and a deadline.
Willie Holden is one of the last forty-some buck bay residents left.
He just got an estimate for his move -- almost five thousand dollars.
And he's had to fill out plenty of paperwork to get that rolling.
"They'll be moving me, but i send the papers in and then tallahassee will pay them," Holden said.
Meanwhile, other residents in the area don't have it as well planned out as Holden.
For one, there's a cut off for how much money you can make and still get a reimbursement from the state.
"It left some people out," said Marty Easters, who also lives in Buck Bay. "If you made say over thirty thousand you won't get it. And they're having a very hard time. Some of them have had to borrow from their retirement."
Easters told a couple of Gainesville Commissioners today at a committee meeting that some of her neighbors need help -- particularly those with disabilities and the elderly.
Help -- that assistant city manager Fred Murray says the city's offering by visiting the neighborhood and passing out flyers.
"We've got people going every day," Murray said. "We're trying to."
It's help residents like Willie Holden say is too late -- given they lost their battle against moving in the first place.
"leave," Holden said. "I'm gonna have to leave. The man who bought the property, It's his property. You have to do what he say."
Commissioners on the Community Development Committee plan to make the process go better the next time this happens.
But that discussion got cut from their agenda.
They say they'll talk about it at their next meeting August 28.
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