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What about us? Residents forced from Largo RV park

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Outside city hall, a group of Briarwood residents stood together with one message: Save our homes. 

"We've been here three years. We're a close knit community. We're like family," said Peter Emr.

"If we're kicked out we're going to be homeless most of us," Pateeka Murphy said. 

Their sanctuary is an RV Park on Seminole Boulevard. Residents know it isn't much, but to them it means the world.

Trees hang low, nature surrounds them and a low income community has become a family.  Pateeka Murphy has lived there for the last seven years. 

"It's beautiful the way it is. Why destroy a treasure on its own? … Leave it alone," she said. 

The land owner has other plans. He wants to turn it into a 260-unit apartment complex. That means moving the current homes out. Jonathan Damonte represents the owner. 

"The RVs can be started and driven out. The campers can be towed out. They're not going to be homeless," he said. "They own their homes."

The two sides met inside City Hall on Tuesday, where commissioners were to vote on a step that would move the process forward. Despite residents' concerns, they voted unanimously in favor of the land owner.

"I'm a little confused. I thought it would go a different way said," said Jessica Emr. 

On the bright side, there is discussion about helping to relocate residents, and as their attorney put it, this is far from over.

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