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With new homeowners, ‘Florida Project’ motel dwellers must leave – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Residents at a motel alongside a vacationer strip not removed from Walt Disney World that was used because the setting for the 2017 movie “The Florida Project” have been informed that they must vacate on brief discover as a result of the advanced has been offered to a different proprietor.

Residents of the Magic Castle Inn & Suites have been informed final Monday that the resort had been bought and the new homeowners have been forcing everybody out, native media reported. Because the Magic Castle was a motel, the new homeowners don’t should observe the identical eviction procedures {that a} landlord would for eradicating tenants from a rental condo.

“Now I have to find a home and a job,” Heather Squires, who paid for her room by working on the motel, told the Orlando Sentinel. “That’s a lot to dump on someone in less than 24 hours.”

The lavender-painted resort was the setting for the film that, by means of the eyes of a younger woman, informed a narrative of poverty and resilience on the pay-by-the-week motel that was the house of final resort for individuals who couldn’t afford anyplace else to reside.

About 15 folks had been dwelling on the resort earlier than the closure, stated David Sarfati, who owned the resort together with his spouse earlier than it was offered.

Residents stated they got no warning concerning the motel’s pending closure, regardless that the homeowners had been supportive of them prior to now.

“No warning at all, no severance package,” stated Thomas Delgado, who additionally lived and labored on the motel. “Just, ‘Here’s your final paycheck and your vacation pay. Bye.’”

Sarfati stated he too was shocked by the pace at which the new homeowners have been shifting. He stated he had anticipated months to organize for the transition and didn’t notice the new homeowners needed residents out till trash containers confirmed up on the motel on Monday.

“When the dumpsters showed up, we knew there was something wrong,” Sarfati stated.

An inventory by Corcoran Premier Realty confirmed the property was beneath contract for $5.5 million, however a deed hadn’t but cleared Osceola County property data.

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