This sign is in front of Suni Sands mobile home park in Jupiter (Photo by Bill DiPaolo)
The sign in front of Suni Sands on A1A in Jupiter says the mobile home park is closed, but residents are still living inside the park fronting the Jupiter Inlet.
“We’re still getting mail. We’re still paying rent. The sign may say we are closed, but we’re still here,” said Tom Ryan, the park’s home owner association president of the 10-acre park that is scheduled for demolition.
Charles Modica, who bought the park three years ago for about $16 million, plans to build an historic inn and marketplace.
Park officials installed a similar, smaller sign last May. Town officials made them take it down because the sign did not meet code requirements.
About three dozen mobile homes remain occupied, said Ryan, who still lives in his mobile home in the park.
About of dozen of those residents are pursuing a court suit alleging the sale of the Suni Sands mobile home park to Modica should be voided because the residents of the park were not given first refusal to buy the property.
The council earlier this month rejected a plan to pay Suni Sands residents up to $5,000 to help them with moving expenses.
Tom Ryan is front of his mobile home in Suni Sands