September 11, 2019

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The former San Pedro and Sea Breeze trailer and RV parks, owned by Sun Communities, have been cleared of hurricane-damaged trailers. Installation of utilities and additional work along the waterfront are expected in the near future.

KEVIN WADLOW/Free Press The former San Pedro and Sea Breeze trailer and RV parks, owned by Sun Communities, have been cleared of hurricane-damaged trailers. Installation of utilities and additional work along the waterfront are expected in the near future.

ISLAMORADA — With removal of several mobile homes destroyed in 2017 by Hurricane Irma’s wind and surge, development pace could pick up speed at an oceanfront Plantation Key property.

“It’s been fully cleaned up and we’ve been working with the state [agencies] on some issues,” said James Hoekstra, senior vice president of Sun Communities.

“We should know something within a few weeks,” Hoekstra said earlier this week. “Then we can start to look at where the modulars and RV sites are going to be.”

Sun Communities, based in Michigan, owns the former San Pedro and Sea Breeze trailer parks at mile marker 87.4 and has acquired a property that once separated the two oceanside parks.

“They are finishing up the planning phase and getting to the construction phase,” said Ty Harris, planning director for the village of Islamorada. “The site plan is pretty much done, so the next step would be for them to come in and start the building-application process.”

Infrastructure including utilities and a wastewater system also need to be upgraded, along with shoreline work.

The tract is expected to have approximately 150 spaces with a mix of permanent modular units and pads for short-term recreational vehicles.

Recreational vehicles will not be permitted to become permanent fixtures, the company says.

Modular units would be elevated and manufactured to the state’s hurricane-resistance standards.

An artist’s conception of Ocean Breeze park in Marathon, also owned by Sun Communities, depicts two-story modulars on stilts.

At one point, Sun staff aimed for a reopening in early 2019 but fully clearing the property of privately-owned and heavily damaged mobile homes slowed progress. Now just one single-story modular home remains behind the locked fence.

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