Article Courtesy of FOX 4
Published February 10, 2023
LEE COUNTY — After Hurricane Ian, many are turning to trailers as they rebuild.
One homeowner is hitting a snag with her HOA. They are not allowing a trailer on
property, causing frustration and sadness.
"We ripped up the lament flooring, we put tarps up and
sheets up. As soon as you kick the A/C on you have more
dust," said Samantha Kellum. "It's hard to look around and
see it look like this."
Kellum lives in Gladiolus Preserve and asked them if she can
put a trailer on her property as she rebuilds.
"I emailed the HOA and 45 minutes later I got a no, the
board has decided not to allow trailers." That's the
response Kellum said she got from the person representing
the HOA. "No compassion from them I guess is the word."
She asked again recently and got the same response. The
person stated trailers are not allowed and provided the
bylaws of the HOA. Fox 4 also reached out to the HOA
representative. The man declined to comment and provided
public documents of the bylaws submitted to the Lee County
Clerk's Office. It states trailers are not allowed, unless
in a garage.
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Ian's impact this tax season.
We brought this to Gov. Ron DeSantis during his last visit to Fort Myers.
"I would just tell people be reasonable, be accommodating and just understand
this is just once in a generation type of situation," he explained.
Kellum says she can afford her own trailer with insurance money, but still does
not have a place to put it. At this point, Kellum says she's going to continue
to look for a rental home, though it's been hard to find anything.
"It’s heartbreaking because I love this house," she said. "I need a place to
During her search, she's going to stay home and continue the rebuilding process,
which contractors tell her will take at least three to five months.
"You just shove it down and just go on with life," she said.