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Port San Luis Harbor District to consider evictions

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Port San Luis Harbor District commissioners next week will consider a plan to evict the final residents of a low-income mobile home park at the port in order to make room for the Harbor Terrace development.

The commission will hold a special meeting at 3 p.m. June 28 to discuss and possibly approve a closure and relocation plan for the eight tenants who remain in the park, said Steve McGrath, harbor manager.

Closure of the trailer park has been in the works for several years, and the district made it clear that the park would eventually be closed when it acquired the site in 1984, McGrath said. The harbor district plans to develop the Harbor Terrace site into a mobile home campground with a variety of businesses for visitors.

“It’s property we want to get back to the highest and best public use,” McGrath said.

One tenant is a full-time resident of the park, while the other seven trailers there are used as vacation homes. Sisters Barbara Oliver Moorhead of Bakersfield and Carol Oliver Standifer of Porterville have a 26-foot vacation coach in the park.

The district wants their 26-foot coach removed by Aug. 1, but they are asking the district to give them more time, Moorhead said. They have resigned themselves to the fact that they eventually must leave.

“I’m sad,” she said. “We’ve enjoyed this place for 40 years.”

The closure plan provides for various levels of assistance for those tenants being evicted, according to their circumstances, McGrath said. For the part-time residents, the district will pay to relocate the trailer or purchase it if it cannot be moved.

The full-time resident would get the most assistance, which would include the district paying the difference between the rent currently paid and the rent at another mobile home park for up to 31⁄2 years. Monthly rents at Harbor Terrace average $190. Rents in nearby mobile home parks range from $200 to $800 a month.

The cost of closing the park is estimated to be $152,761 and could take as long as a year to complete. The park, at one point, contained as many as 41 trailers.

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