Family Business Timeline

The Warrington family has been in the Manufactured Home Community (Mobile Home Park) Operations for over Three Generations. The following timeline tracks the family’s history in this Industry and in their operation of manufactured home communities in Florida.

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Harold & Ruth Warrington purchased Bayside Gardens Mobile Home Park located in Clearwater, FL, they make many improvements to the community and then later sell Bayside Gardens.

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Orange Acres was established by Jean & John McMahon.

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Harold & Ruth Warrington purchased Orange Acres Mobile Home Park in Sarasota, FL from the McMahon's. Orange Acres was the last stop to Arcadia and was surrounded by pastures, palmettos, and orange groves.

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Harold & Ruth's son, Moe and his wife, Shirley Warrington, moved to Orange Acres with them to help develop and manage the community.  Orange Acres only had around 62 leased home sites at that time and most of the community was undeveloped.

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Moe & Shirley purchased Orange Acres from Harold & Ruth.

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Moe & Shirley built the first addition to the Orange Acres Community Centre adding to the main meeting area. Moe & Shirley's first son, Jeff, is born.

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Moe & Shirley built the second addition to the Orange Acres Community Centre adding a small meeting room and storage area. Shirley Dr. is developed and completed in the back section of Orange Acres.

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Moe & Shirley's second son, Jason, is born and Harold Warrington passes away at his home in Orange Acres.

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Development of the last three back streets of Orange Acres (Jeffrey Dr., Tammy Dr., & Shelly Ln.) starts.

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The back streets (Jeffrey Dr., Tammy Dr., Shelly Ln.) are completed. Orange Acres has 200 homesites with this addition.

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Moe & Shirley move out of Orange Acres.

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Development of the last section of Orange Acres begins, this section is Jason Dr.

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Jason Dr. is completed. The completion of this section brought Orange Acres to 233 home sites.

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Moe & Shirley purchase two additional Mobile Home Parks in Sarasota. These communities were Cedar Cove & Crescent Beach located off of US 41.  Moe & Shirley add a larger permanent office to Orange Acres to help facilitate community operations and sales in Orange Acres, Cedar Cove, and Crescent Beach.

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Lots 1-E and 1-N are added to a front open area behind Lot 1 and 1-W. These two lots bring Orange Acres to its current 235 home sites.

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Another addition to the Orange Acres Community Centre is built on. The improvement adds to the Main Room, adds a Library/small Meeting Room and a storage room.

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Orange Acres connects to mandatory Sarasota County sewer hookup. The Orange Acres community sewer plant is closed and demolished shortly after that.

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Moe & Shirley sell Crescent Beach.

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Cedar Cove Community Centre is completely remodeled.

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Jeff requests from his parents to join the family business and marries his wife, Amy, later that year. Jeff & Amy became Resident Managers of Cedar Cove. Moe Warrington joins C12, a Christian CEO and Business Owner peer advisory group.  A few months later Jeff joins his dad in C12 to be mentored as the next leader of the family business.

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Jason follows in his brother's footsteps and also requests to join the family business. He gets married that same year to Hillary.

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Family creates a mission statement for the first time, due to the influence of C12. Orange Acres connects to mandatory Sarasota County water hookup. The Orange Acres community water plant is closed.

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Jason and Hillary become Resident Managers of Cedar Cove. Shirley Warrington passes away in December.

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Memorial Park is added to the pond area at Orange Acres which is currently known as Golden Pond. This improvement brings a gazebo, footbridge, park benches, sidewalks, and landscaping to this area. Ruth Warrington passes away in August at her home in Orange Acres.

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Moe remodels Lot 4 where Harold & Ruth lived and moves back into Orange Acres.

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The family decides to add a pool to Cedar Cove since it did not have one. It is determined that the pool will go on Lot 53 across from Cedar Cove Community Centre. Moe marries Marcia.

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The Cedar Cove pool is built, completed, and opened to residents in February. Family decides to submeter both Orange Acres and Cedar Cove Communities for water conservation purposes.

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Moe Warrington semi –retires in November. Jeff & Jason start as Operators of Orange Acres & Cedar Cove along with purchasing a percentage of Orange Acres from their father.  Moe and Marcia move out of Orange Acres. 

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Moe fully retires. Family identifies its core values and vision statement.

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Orange Acres celebrates 50 years. Family holds a 50th anniversary party to celebrate the milestone inviting residents, past residents, current/past team members, and friends.

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Jeff & Jason purchased Cedar Cove from their father.   

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Jeff & Jason's Administrative Assistant, Sonja, celebrates 30 years of employment. She previously was Moe's Administrative Assistant.

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Jeff & Jason purchased the final interest of Orange Acres from their father. Phoebe Godbold (Jeff & Amy's daughter) becomes the first adult 4th generation Warrington to work fulltime in Orange Acres and Cedar Cove.

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Greg, Director of New Home Placement & Specialized Maintenance, celebrates 30 years of employment.

See What our residents have to say

“Orange Acres is a home that offers the kind of lifestyle you are looking for. It can be as busy and involved or as relaxed and peaceful as you wish.  There is always help and information from management, activities if you want and new friends around each corner. Come be as happy as you choose!”

- Jane B.

"I have lived in Orange Acres for 20 years, and it is the best mobile home park in Florida. The office personnel and maintenance crew are the finest I ever met."

- Charlie P.

"More than a dozen years ago we were looking for a house in a warm climate to shelter us from the winter weather in the North. What we found was a home in a community; one that reminded us of those towns where we grew up. A caring, enveloping, vibrant array of people with similar backgrounds, people who cared for one another, looked out for their welfare and bonded in like enjoyments."

- Ed & Judy M.

"Orange Acres is a fabulous place to live and building a custom manufactured home is the icing on the cake! We worked with Jeff and Greg and the entire Orange Acres staff to design and customize our new home. We even made a trip with Jeff to the manufactured home model center in Bartow, FL where we finalized every detail of our home. This was an excellent experience from start to finish!"

- Phil & Elaine A.

"There are numerous reasons why we love living in Orange Acres, such as location, layout of homesites, facilities and activities. But the most obvious reason is the people; not just the residents, but also the management personnel. They genuinely have the residents best interest at heart in making their business the success that it is. With the 3rd and now 4th generation of the Warrington family involved in every day business, it makes all of the residents feel very secure in the future of Orange Acres and the success of our park for years to come."

- Bob & Cyndee S.