“I do not fail at what I undertake,” he told the commission. “I’m going to sell my dirt. I’m not going to go to auction.”
Weeks later, that’s exactly what happened.
Nolan is sitting in his pickup explaining why his plot of land would make a great city parking lot. The truck’s windshield is cracked, its windows don’t open and the driver’s-door handle has snapped off.
Since he lost the land, Nolan has served as the property’s agent and grounds crew. It lists for $2.4 million, and if it’s ever sold, Nolan could pocket $100,000 or more in broker fees. That’s not the million-dollar payday he once envisioned, but he’d take it.
He has no home, staying instead with friends and family. He owes $20,000 in debts and tax liens. He frets about the price of gas.
“Sometimes friends say they want to set me up with someone for lunch, and I think, ‘How that would go: Let’s see, I’ve been foreclosed on, I’m upside down [on debt], and I’m an $8.25-an-hour cast member.’ That introduction doesn’t really work.”
Which leads to the question: Given Nolan’s experience, why hasn’t he found a better-paying job?
He says he looked hard, landing a job in 2008 with a developer whose company ultimately went bankrupt. In 2009, he became a business manager at Workforce Central Florida, but the position
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