Seasonal residents of Flagg’s RV Resort were unaware the facility in York, Maine, was scheduled for foreclosure auction March 22, according to two campers interviewed.
Seacoastonline.com reported that the two seasonal park residents said they paid Flagg’s owners or former owners, Morgan RV Resorts LLC of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., all or part of the money due by April 1 for the 2013 summer season.
Longtime summer park resident Melvin Riggs of Oklahoma said representatives from Morgan called him almost daily for at least a week, trying to get him to pay the remaining $3,700 on his estimated $5,200 summer lease prior to the April 1 deadline.
“They were trying to get us to pay the bulk of it early,” said Riggs, who learned of the auction only through contact with The York Weekly on Friday. Riggs said he’s made three payments totaling about $1,500 to Morgan, with the last and biggest amount of $3,700 scheduled to be automatically deducted from his credit card April 1.
“I kept thinking, what in the world, what is the big advantage of them getting it a week early?” Riggs said, a question he said he posed to the Morgan representative on the phone.
“She said, ‘We’re just trying to help you out,’” he said.
Pat Lee of Palm City, Fla., and her husband have been staying at Flagg’s every summer since 1967, and before then, Lee said, she went with her parents’ place.
Lee has paid Flagg’s the total summer bill of $5,000, she said Friday. She was not notified of the foreclosure auction, she said, but added, “I hope it sells and I hope the new owner has integrity. Why would someone buy it and kick everyone out?”
Said Riggs, “I just pray the people who bought it are campground people. It’s zoned for a campground, I don’t think someone could buy it and just put in a housing unit without the city’s approval.”
Town officials interviewed Friday said they were unaware of the foreclosure sale as well, and had no information as to its potential new owners.
Lister and Appraiser Luke Vigue said it takes six or eight weeks for information on new ownership to reach the town’s assessing office.
The auction was to be held at 9 a.m. Friday on site at 68 Garrison Ave., according to a public notice published in The Journal Tribune on March 8. The notice stated bidders had to deposit $100,000 by cash or certified check to qualify.
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