Packing up and moving out. Almost two dozen families in Gulf Shores Trailer Park are all leaving. The price of progress.
"We have to move," says Romin Vulbe. "I don't know why we have to move."
The property will be the new home of Acme Oyster House to be built as part of the Waterway Village development. Construction starts July 1st.
"I'm gonna lose my property. I'm gonna lose all my money. Everything I've spent on this trailer," says Vulbe.
A couple of weeks ago, folks came home and on their front door a letter was taped telling them this isn't home anymore. Their lease has been terminated and they have to get out.
"I feel sorry for them. One minute they are taking the rent and next minute they were telling people to be out." Cathy Lewis is trying to help out a friend by collecting boxes to pack up the mobile home he and his three children have had for less than a month. "They can't find anywhere to go, people are just scrambling to try and find somewhere."
They have till the end of the month but if they get out by May 17th, "they are going to give back rent and deposit no matter what condition the trailer was in," says Lewis.
The park has withstood decades of storms and never suffered significant damage. It won't be able to withstand bulldozers that will start clearing the property next month.
"I don't have enough time, it's one month," says Vulbe.
The property is owned by Gulf Shores realtor Frank Malone who tells News 5: "We have respected the rights of the tenants in Gulf Shores Trailer Park and gone above and beyond to assist them as they transition to other residences, including waiving defaults for some, refunding rent for some, and helping some identify alternative housing options."