Alabama Park to Ban Permanent Residency
Jerry Lacy said he’s about to get evicted from Jackson County Park in Scottsboro, Ala., his home for the last 11 years.
“I’ve got to find a place to live,” he said Monday (Jan. 28), taking a long draw from his cigarette while standing outside his 30-foot camper. “I have no choice.”
Lacy, 61, is among several people at the park’s lakeside campground who are expected to get eviction notices on Friday, according to The Huntsville Times, Huntsville, Ala.
Park manager Jann Frieling said about 15 people will be evicted because permanent residency is no longer allowed in the campground. They will be given 30 days to leave.
“We don’t want to turn (the campground) into trailer park status,” she said.
Frieling said it had been a long-term goal of District 3 Commissioner Carl “Cheese” Marona, who recently retired as the park’s manager, to prohibit permanent dwelling in the campground.
With the transition in park’s management, “it’s now an appropriate time” to fulfill that goal, she said.
But Frieling said people will be allowed to continue keeping their campers at the campground year-round as long as they can show proof of residency elsewhere.
The campground has 140 campsites that are all occupied, she said, adding it has a waiting list of more than 50 people seeking sites.
Campsites at the park rent for $145 a month (including utilities) and lakeside lots are $175 a month.