City of Mulberry stuck with abandoned mobile home park - FOX 13 News

City of Mulberry stuck with abandoned mobile home park

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MULBERRY (FOX 13) -

Lakeside Manor Mobile is a graveyard of a once thriving community, a skeleton of the past.

It's keeping people who live next to it up at night. There is the vandalism, and the trash that people throw over the fence.

Lakeside's decline began a while ago. In recent years, the old sewage system began to fail, and the city eventually closed the park down.

The place is owned by Hutton House, LLC, out of south Florida. The city can't get the company to do anything because it just went bankrupt.

Right now, the waterfront property is tied up in the courts. Even though the company is defunct, it owes well over a million dollars through a mortgage, back taxes and $350,000 in city code violations.

City hall is hoping a developer wants the property to build something new, and comes in with a pitch.

"If I do this, can you give me a break on the existing code enforcement liens, and that's within the power of the city to do," said Mulberry city attorney Frank Comparetto.

If someone wants to give the property a new life, they are going to have to look far beyond the ghost town it is now.

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