Residents being forced to vacate St. Pete’s Mosley Motel

Residents of St. Petersburg's Mosley Motel have until Monday to find a new place to stay.
Residents of St. Petersburg's Mosley Motel have until Monday to find a new place to stay.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) — Residents living at the Mosley Motel have until Monday to leave the property after the new owners served eviction notices to all the tenants last week.

The motel has served as housing for low income families for decades. Altis Cardinal of Miami bought the property, located on 34th street N., from the previous owner who was fighting foreclosure.

According to St. Petersburg city officials, the new owners plan to demolish the old building and turn it into a new development. People who have lived here for years, must be off the property by 8 a.m. Monday morning.

The situation has left some to scram at the last minute.

The motel has been Deanna Stafford’s home since June. But now, she’s forced to find another place to live. “I think it’s wrong, putting families and their children,” said Stafford.

“The new owner told a bunch of people that he was guarantee us a house or a new apartment and he’s just like throwing us out in the road,” said Stafford.

“We’ve been able to get most of them into permanent housing, getting out of a tiny motel room and somewhere they can live,” said Cliff Smith, Social Services Mgr. with the city of St. Petersburg.

Space has been reserved at local shelters for those who have nowhere to go.

Smith said, “Anytime you go through change and if you’ve been living here for a long time, that has to be a little bit upsetting and I understand that and people’s nerves are on edge tonight.”

Representatives from Social Services, Animal Control and the sheriff’s office, will be at the motel Monday morning to assist residents who need help. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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