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Seminole Tribe of Florida

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A $400 million casino is displacing several hundred residents, mostly snowbirds, of a mobile home park. The tribe ordered tenants of the 65-acre Candlelight Mobile Home Park to evacuate by the end of November. Elderly residents said they don't have enough time to move and demand compensation for moving costs. About 100 gathered Oct.27 , riding three-wheel bicycles and carrying signs that read "Seminoles Unfair to Seniors" and "Boycott the Seminoles." Nicole Lapierre, 55, of Mont-St. Hilaire, Quebec, a 10-year resident, said the units "are not trailers (but) houses on cement blocks with Florida rooms and carports." Eviction notices were mailed Sept. 27 to tenants, many of them still living in Canada at the time, residents said. The park closes Nov. 30. The tribe plans to begin construction in January on a casino, 750-room hotel and retail space. Tribal officials said the park, on the reservation, is not subject to state eviction laws. Rudolphe Valiquette, 62, who lives part of the year with his wife, Ghislain, 65, in a town near Montreal, said they spent $61,000 purchasing and renovating a double-wide home. "No park will accept our home because it is too big. ... if we don't move it, they will move it and charge us $20,000."