the trailer park has since been marked with holes in the landscape
where homes have been pulled off their foundation and taken
elsewhere. Many residents have elected to stay and wait out a court
decision, but some residents have packed up for good, leaving an
eerie feeling in pockets of El Morro Village.
Residents are reluctant to talk to reporters and share their side
of the story. Whether advised by lawyers or the management company,
few tenants are talking. One resident, who did not give his name and
did not want to talk to the newspaper, ordered a reporter and
photographer off the premises, using profanity as he cited unfair
media coverage. He said that it "wasn't personal."
"Right now, residents are in limbo," said another resident, Jeff
Brooks. "Nobody's comfortable with it. It is a twilight zone of
Michael Spencer Taylor, the most recent to take up residency in El
Morro, said he is just enjoying his time here until the court takes
action -- either overturning or upholding an eviction notice by the
state. Taylor lives in El Morro with his son and spends time surfing.
"It's a beautiful place," Taylor said. "I'm just going to stay
here as long as I can."
A drive up onto the terrace level of the trailer park reveals a
stunning view of expansive blue ocean and the canyon hillside. Here,
several vacant trailers in each row are stamped with an industrial
"No Trespassing" sign that exudes emptiness. Some residents are seen
packing up their belongings into cars, but they, too, decline
The silence of the El Morro residents is the silence that
permeates a neighborhood that was once full of people. There are
still over 200 residents remaining, but somehow the absence of a few
has spread like a fog over the entire community.