Naples Estates homeowners win right to purchase mobile home park

NAPLES — When Barbara Brown bought her mobile home in Naples Estates in 1987, she was paying $160 monthly in base rent for the land it sat on.

But over the years, land rents at the senior citizen mobile home park, off Rattlesnake Hammock Road, increased while services decreased.

So the homeowners sued. That was a decade ago — and the prices have risen steadily since. Just this year, homes like Brown’s shot up from $420 to more than $600. Some are paying it, while others are withholding the increase and contributing it to the attorneys waging their legal battle.


What set the battle into motion was Ellenburg signing a contract giving residents the right of first refusal. Karno was his attorney. Karno, the tax attorney for the Church of Scientology and L. Ron Hubbard’s original executor, is known for his financial and tax practices and contract writing skills, which protect the tax liability of the companies he represents.

Googling his name pulls up numerous sites detailing lawsuits against him and adjectives describing him as notorious or sinister. Even the judge agreed he was a smart attorney skilled at using legal loopholes.