July 20, 2015
Media Contact: Christie Castro
(941) 748-8397

MEDIA ADVISORY: MCSAC Press Conference July 20, 2015 at 7:00 P.M. in front of Carlyn Estates Mobile Home Park, 5611 Bayshore Rd, Palmetto, FL 34221

PALMETTO, FL–On Monday afternoon, Christie Castro, president of the Manatee County Senior Advocacy Center released the following statement:

“Last week, residents of the Carlyn Estates Mobile Home Park in Palmetto notified the Manatee County Senior Advocacy Council regarding property management denying food assistance deliveries to low income and elderly residents,” said Christie Castro.

“The denial of food assistance programs was deemed a potentially life and health related emergency. Members of the Manatee County Senior Advocacy Council met with residents of Carlyn Estates. The Council documented complaints from residents who were advised by property management that food assistance deliveries are no longer allowed,” Castro continued.

“The Council strongly urges local elected officials to work with Carlyn Estates residents and property management to reach a compromise that will allow low income and elderly residents to receive much needed food deliveries,” said Castro.

“We are witnessing an on-going life and health related emergency affecting seniors in Manatee County,” Castro concluded.

The Manatee County Senior Advocacy Council will hold a press conference with affected Carlyn Estates Mobile Home Park residents this evening at 7:00 P.M. at 5611 Bayshore Rd, Palmetto, FL 34221.

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If you have been watching the news over the last few days then you are in shock like we are.  

The story is so unbelievable that we had to go look for ourselves.  We learned that not only did the report ring true, but the whole truth is much more disturbing than came across on our television screens and social media.

Low Income Seniors in Manatee County, most suffering from multiple disabilities including cancer and diabetes have been allegedly threatened with bodily harm and possible immediate eviction if the seniors accept food just one more food delivery from a local food pantry that supplements for people who can not afford to purchase food and many who do not have the ability to personally get to the pantry or food bank to pick up their own food.

The 28 neighbors all living in separate units at a 55+ park in Palmetto, Florida in Manatee County have banded together helping each other and looking out for one another.  They have earned the nickname of the "Carlyn 28".  These seniors have worked hard to create positive lives, some of whom are volunteers themselves, helping other seniors on a weekly basis. 

Even small donations will make a big difference.  We are raising money for food, transportation, legal fees and other emergency costs to help these residents turn their suffering into hope and a better future.

Our purpose is for a happy peaceful dwelling for everyone.