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Updated: 08/12/2017 08:30:01AM

Zoning board talks about new regulations for modular homes

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SEBRING — Highlands County Zoning Board of Adjustment members talked during a public hearing Tuesday about changing a section of the county code that would require a permanent foundation for a modular home.

Seven residents of Highlands Park Estates were present. They complained that a modular home was moved into their subdivision, east of Lake Placid.

“I have never seen a more trailer-looking trailer in my life,” board member Rick Ingler said. “It just looks like a cheese box. How can that be a modular home?”

“It has a certificate,” Development Services Director Ben Dunn said.

“I have spoken with Eric Longshore,” Conrad said, referring to the county building official. “It is in compliance with state and federal requirements.”

Since the home was permitted by the county, certified by the state, and placed on the lot, it’s probably grandfathered, members agreed, as did Highlands Park residents.

“Sounds like the cat’s out of the bag on this one,” board member Lew Carter said.

However, Highlands Park residents said they may try to trade the lot on which the modular home was placed for another lot in a mobile home community near a lake.

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