RV Park Residents Forced to Leave Site
Published July 25th, 2012
OCALA - They're happy campers even though they no longer have a campground.
Residents of a landmark RV site in Ocala are being forced to leave after the owner sold the property.
The problem is many residents are elderly and on a fixed income.
"I met people here that we enrich each other whether we know it or not," said Camper Village resident Mary Sharp.
Sharp, who lives in Maryland, owns a trailer at Camper Village in southwest Ocala and enjoys spending time in the Florida sun.
But like everyone who lives in lots 15 and 17, she has to leave the property in 60 days.
"What do we do now, we haven't been down here that long," Sharp said.
John Alvarez who owned the 250-acre lot says the park has been losing money.
"It's kind of like you're hemorrhaging you have to stop the bleeding." Alvarez said.
Alvarez says a buyer offered to take the lot off his hands but due to a confidentiality agreement he can't say who that is or how much they offered.
"The folks that bought my property are outstanding people, and they will do a lot for this community, in more ways probably what I could even do for it," Alvarez said.
And Alvarez hopes residents will get by.
"I have not intentionally, intended to hurt anyone in anyway," Alvarez said.
Even though Sharp won't be coming back down, her memories of Camper Village will stay with her.
"There's a lady back here that's probably close to 100, just as nice and energetic you can be," Sharp said. "(She) waves and hollers hi. Those are the memories buddy; memories we are all going to have down the road. I don't care how much is your pocketbook."
Sharp plans to move out in two weeks. Residents have been given assistance to move.
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