New California Park Owner Meets with Residents

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January 8, 2010 by   - () 2 Comments

Lawrence Andrews, the new owner of River Grove RV Park on Highway 9 in Felton, Calif., visited the property Wednesday (Jan. 6), the day after he said he would retract a Jan. 4 notice announcing plans to close Jan. 11 for long overdue maintenance repairs.

Andrews has not posted a new notice, but is handling the situation verbally, according to the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

"I spoke to everyone," he said at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

As for a new notice, he said, "I'm going to have my attorney draft it. We're going to work this out."

Steven Robillard and his fiancee, Nancy Munoz, who brought the shutdown notice to the attention of the Sentinel and county Supervisor Mark Stone, plan to leave at the end of the week. They had been living at the park for five months.

Stone had said Tuesday that a five-day notice to close was "outrageous" and "probably not enforceable."

An estimated 15 to 20 of the 65 hookups are in use at the RV park, which has been in operation next to the San Lorenzo River for at least 30 years.

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2 Responses to “New California Park Owner Meets with Residents”

  1. Scott Smith on January 16th, 2010 6:55 pm

    New California Park Owner Meets with Residents

    “I spoke to everyone,” he said at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan 6th


    On Wed, Jan 6th at 3pm, having heard NOTHING from Larry or any of his "Management Team" nor ANYTHING from any of my fellow residents, I made an appointment for the next morning with the California Rural Legal Assistance folks in Santa Cruz.
    Prior to my arrival, I stopped and grabbed coffee and the morning edition of the Santa Cruz Sentinel. There on the front page was the article referencing the visit by the Sentinel the previous day, as well as the fact that Terry Hancock of Senior Legal Services, would be looking into the matter on the County's behalf. It went on to state that Mr Andrews decided to retract the notice , minutes after talking with the Sentinel on Tuesday, Jan 5th.
    Having arrived to see an attorney with Legal Assistance, located down the hall from Senior Legal Services, I referenced the Sentinel article and was referred down the hall to senior Legal Services after having been given some fliers to hand out at the park regarding a meeting for all concerned residents later that day at Mr Hancock's offices.

    Arriving back home at the park and knocking on doors to get the word out, only one other resident at that time had heard anything regarding the notice that had been posted Sunday telling us to move out. And that was because he, too, had gone to get coffee and a paper that morning! THIS WAS THURSDAY THE 7TH, FOLKS!
    So who had Mr Andrews spoke to when he made the comment to the Sentinel at 5 p.m. Wednesday declaring, “I spoke to everyone”?

    As a "permanent" resident here as a result of my home being foreclosed, I have been following the "progress" of this situation from the minute notices were posted on Sunday, Jan 3rd. THERE WAS NO TALK GIVEN TO ANY OF THE PERMANENT RESIDENTS, either singularly or as a group by Mr. Lawrence, despite his claims to the contrary.
    As of 5 pm today, Saturday, Jan 16th, the only word we've gotten was another notice taped to our doors yesterday stating our rent would be reduced by $50 per week since the Cable was shut off. Additionally, there seems to be a general lack of concern by Mr. Andrews to anticipate or address OUR concerns as the people actually living here….as witnessed by water shutoffs, cable tv shutoffs, etc…ALL of which happened AFTER we began to rally to defend ourselves, and all without prior notice or an explanation after the fact. In fact I was told today by another resident, that one lady was halfway thru dying her hair when the water was turned off, and almost suffered scalp burns as a result.
    All we ask is to be treated according to the law which, thankfully, was written to prevent just these kind of self-serving actions by landlords.

  2. Pat Raines on April 16th, 2010 3:37 pm

    When I retired in June of 2006, the first thing I did was buy a $6,000.00 life-time membership from Coast to Coast for a home park (River Grove Resort-Felton). This membership could be passed down to my grandchildren which I plan (ned) to do. I also have annual dues which I paid 2 months ago after receiving a bill.

    I stay in the Baja in the winter, in March return to Felton for a couple months (this is where my family is), then continue traveling the states and Canada. My contract allows me to stay at River Grove Resort for 2 weeks and be out for 1 week, which is what I have done for 4 years.

    Imagine my surprise when I returned home from Mexico and found out I had no home. New owners, new name of resort…..and prior memberships not honored.

    I don't know if I have any recourse or not. Iif anyone knows what other members are doing, please let me know, That $6,000.00 was my life's savings and when I'm no longer able to drive around the Americas, I was going to be there fulfilling my contract. I am sad beyond belief and amazed that something like this could happen.

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