August 06, 2007
Store Evicted Because Owner Doesn't Speak Spanish
Tom McKenna is a longtime Stuart businessman who speaks only English.
He says that's why he's being kicked out of the storefront on South Dixie Highway where he has run Seacoast Water Care for seven years.
"I don't know how else to put it," said McKenna, 51.
I'm not sure I do either.
On July 5 — the day after Independence Day — McKenna received a letter from landlord Ivan Munroe telling him to consider another location.
Munroe said in his letter he wants to have "quality tenants serving the Spanish need in the area."
"I guess I don't serve the 'Spanish need,' whatever that means," McKenna said.
Apparently the signs for Seacoast Water Care don't fit in. They're in English.
Munroe pretty much admitted that's one of the reasons he wants McKenna to move.
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