The Tonto National Forest is moving to shut down a 167-resident mobile home park overlooking Roosevelt Lake.
Woodall’s Campground Mangement blog reports that the Forest Service has decided that the lease of the land for the park violates its policy that bars private use of public lands. The park consists mostly of trailers owned by vacation homeowners.
The operators of the trailer park say the action will shut down the only sewage treatmant plant in the area. They say it could also dry up business at the marina.
The people with mobile homes in the park have until January 2013 to move them. But many of the homes are so old that they don’t meet modern standards necessary to relocate them.
Park manager Shari Harper says it’s not about losing homes, but the park brings about $2.5 million from outside Gila County into the local economy.