- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 26, 2017

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) - Longtime residents of a Vermont lakeside gathered together to say goodbye to their homes, now being crushed by excavators. The demolitions followed a court decision to revoke the lease of the local homeowner’s association, due to their failure to repair damages following 2011’s Tropical Storm Irene.

The Burlington Free Press reports (https://bfpne.ws/2oKpnao ) that the Vermont Supreme Court ruled last year that a number of Colchester residents were to vacate land they leased. As the eviction notice will not be overturned, some residents chose to pay a fee to demolish their longtime residences.

One of the residents, Bob Paradise, had lived in his cabin since 1979 and says this is the end of an era for low-income Vermonters to have a place to enjoy the local lake.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

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