History of Holiday Village
Mobile home park bought by resident
approx March 1983
The faces inside the first mobile home in Holiday Village on Seminole Boulevard were the same Wednesday as they
have been for years. Evelyn Clark, the office manager for 15 years at at her desk making telephones calls while her
husband Bud, the parks sales manager, spoke with two other residents in an adjoining room
Taped to the outside of the mobile was the happy message indicating the day was indeed something special.
'WE-DID-IT!!" Was the message printed in large bright letters in crayon. Wednesday was the first full day on the job
for the 17-year old park's new owners, 161 of the park's residents. Late Tuesday afternoon Clark, president of
Holiday Village Association,and other members of the resident owned corporation completed a S2.3 million deal to
buy the28 acre park. More than 100 of the park's residents celebrated the sale at a party Tuesday night at the
Seminole City Hall. The sale is one of the first in Pinellas County to be aided by a state statute passed in June that
gives mobile home park residents a 45-day right of first refusal when a park owner decides to sell.
Park residents must form their own corporation before the owner announces plans to sell and two-thirds of a park's
homeowners must approve of the corporation before its officers can sign a purchase contract. At Holiday Village, the
ownership change capped less than three months of furious work by Clark and other residents to form the
corporation and raise $500,000 for a down payment. The victory sign outside the park's office partially covered a
smaller poster that had mapped the progress of the fund raising drive."There were a lot of sleepless nights, my boy
putting that half million dollars together,"Clark said as his wife notified utility companies of the change in ownership.
The park had been owned by E.J. Bickley of 5t. Petersburg, Clark said and when he died a year ago trustees for the
estate took over. Clark organized the residents' corporation in December about the same time the trustees
announced they intended to sell the park. "it's quite simple" Clark said about the residents' decision to buy the 237
unit park. "We just got a rent increase in November, (of S20a month to $102.95 a month per lot), the highest
increase since the park was built. We felt that by buying the park we could control our own destiny." The residents
had to match an offer by a Tampa businessman to buy the park. Through countless meetings and discussions, Clark
and others persuaded 161 residents to each buy one share in the corporation for $8,990.00. Sales were limited to
one share per unit and all shareholders must be park residents. Clark said, "it wasn't tough, we prevailed." June
Hubbard a member of the corporation's board of directors stated "The fact that you own a share in property makes
you feel a little more secure."
Park’s mortgage up in smoke
Holiday Village Mobile Home residents pay off the Mortgage on their Seminole property two years early By Anita
Kumar, Times Staff Writer:
Fourteen years ago, Holiday Village Mobile Home residents found out that their park was about to be sold. They
worried a new owner would raise their rents, limit their services or worse, move their 237 mobile names out and
build condominiums. So hundreds of them rallied together, deciding to take matters into their own hands, by buying
the Seminole Boulevard property themselves.“We wanted to control our own destiny,” said Paul England who has
lived at Holiday Village with his wife, Eleanor, since 1975. Now, two years earlier than expected, Holiday Village
residents have paid off their mortgage.“We never really thought about paying it off, to be honest,” said Peg
Richards,who lives at the park with her husband, Bill. “We just kept making the payments and one day, it was up. It’s
a wonderful feeling.”Every month for years, residents contributed payments anywhere from $20 to$500 to $2,000
toward the $2.1 million mortgage on the 6580 Seminole Blvd. park. Money was coming in so fast the park often gave
First Union Bank two payments in one month. Even though the final mortgage payment was make in December, the
mortgage-burning celebration was postponed until this month so seasonal residents could attend. Holiday Village, a
family mobile home park that opened in the 1960s, was one of the first Pinellas County parks to take advantage of a
state law that gives residents the right of first refusal to buy a park that is for sale.
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