Veterans Advocate Eyes Florida RV Park
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A veterans organization wants to buy a private RV park along Interstate 95 in Scottsmoor, Fla., to house veterans who have recently been kicked out of homeless camps, WESH-TV, Orlando, reported.
Homeless veterans advocate George Taylor Sr. and some county commissioners were behind a plan to allow the veterans to live in Hatbill Park in tents on public land, but the plan didn't go over very well.
On Monday (Aug. 8), Taylor told WESH 2 News he wants to buy Crystal Lake RV Park in Scottsmoor. He said he'll be able to fill the place with used Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) trailers and portable classrooms.
Taylor said there are 600 homeless veterans in Brevard County, and 17,000 in Florida. At the trailer park, they could get counseling, health care referrals and other benefits that could get them off the streets.
Taylor's veterans support organization needs to raise at least $700,000 to make this happen. He believes he can do it. The main fundraiser will be a 10,000-mile motorcycle ride this fall.