Mobile home park threatens to evict residents over food deliveries

A good deed can go a long way, but at Carlyn Estates in Palmetto, good deeds are causing an uproar.

"I don't have a car, I know very few people there and I don't want to bother anyone," said Rodney Piatte.

Every Tuesday, Rodney Piatte waits on bagged meals to come to his home from Hope Center, a nearby food pantry.

"Sometimes it is frozen food, breakfast meals, lunch meals," Piatte explained.

Residents say the park's new owner, doesn't like the deliveries.

Piatte said his friends have been threatened with evictions over the food. Adding the new owner voiced her concern over rats and roaches from the deliveries.

"It just blew my mind," he said.

Others share the same feeling.

"What is wrong with these people? Are they idiots or greedy and selfish?" Diane Klein asked. She also lives in Carlyn Estates.

Months ago she decided to start helping sorting  the food. She said it is nothing, but good food for needy residents.

"We certainly are not bringing vermin and rats in there. The food is exactly what you get at Publix and Winn Dixie. The food goes in a bag. It goes in a box and it goes to the person that is going to eat the food," she said.

FOX 13 tried contacting Carlyn Estates.

Someone in the office said we would quote ‘not tell the truth.’

When asked for the truth, the woman said she would call back – so far, she has not returned our calls.

Now Diane and others are concerned for their neighbors, who are hungry, but are now too afraid to get their meals.

“This is wrong. This is so terribly wrong," said Klein.