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Gloria Adams
Gloria Adams
1 year ago

It blows my mind that anyone would suggest that a contractor shouldn’t have to licensed because he’s been doing similar work or because he’s a nice guy. Florida Law does not allow this and further, you would have to be a fool to hire someone who is not licensed, despite how much you like the person. If people would chill and just let the employees do their jobs, this town would be a much better place. But unfortunately, we have a town full of people they fuss and complain when things tone go their way. And these are the same folks who will be irate if something goes wrong in the end and will Homs the city responsible for it.

Teri D. Springer
Teri D. Springer
1 year ago
Reply to  Gloria Adams

Anyone I hire is required to provide me with a copy of their license as well as current liability and (if he or she has even one employee or “helper”) worker’s comp coverage. If they can’t produce these, I don’t hire them.

DAVID LOTT
DAVID LOTT
1 year ago

Goes to show you that there are always two sides to a story and Dale’s specific examples demonstrates that SOME developers/builders/tradespeople will take shortcuts to save time or money with the hope that their infractions will never be discovered. It is only after a tragic fire or structure fire that some of these actions are discovered – and then the building department is often blamed asking why didn’t they catch the sub-par or non-compliant work.

As Dale indicated, there are legitimate issues against the Building Department that need to be resolved and hopefully that work will continue post haste.

Suzanne
Suzanne
1 year ago

I commend Mr. Beckman on his efforts to regulate code that is written to ensure the safety and health of homeowners and customers at hotels or rentals.

Jim Ferguson
Jim Ferguson
1 year ago
Reply to  Suzanne

Suzanne, You have bought this as the truth. You have not seen first hand the Bulling and intimidation done to the home builders. And just because someone has done their job they should not be praised.

Neil Borum
Neil Borum
1 year ago

Last year we gave up on adding a sunroom because this department refused to acknowledge that we are not r-2.

Our local community is a 22 unit built in 1985.

The department is wrong , we share common walls and have NO WAY to meet side set backs.

They are stubborn and not cognizant of earlier construction that has been approved by previous department.

4 other units have had sunrooms built in previous years.

It’s a joke of a department

DAVID LOTT
DAVID LOTT
1 year ago
Reply to  Neil Borum

Evidently your property and that of your neighbors is zoned R1-Single Family Residential. The Building Department has no say so over zoning designations but must enforce the uses allowed (and prohibited) according to that zoning. Your beef is with the Planning Department if you think your property has been improperly classified, not with the Building Department.

Teri D. Springer
Teri D. Springer
1 year ago
Reply to  DAVID LOTT

Literally the unit across the street from Neil, in the SAME DEVELOPMENT, added a screened porch while Neil was fighting to have his built. HOW does this make any sense? Of 22 units at LEAST 7 have screen porch/sunrooms. Somewhere along the line what has been allowed needs to be grandfathered in for all of us.

Jim Ferguson
Jim Ferguson
1 year ago

This is smoke and mirrors. I have been in the construction industry for 45 years. I will not accept the bosting of a supervisor to cover up bulling by a code official. I have been involved with state boards and have seen first hand “political gaming” all in the name of protecting the public. What has been listed in the article above by M. Martin are thinks that every inspection department is responsible to preform with excellence. Mr. Beckman should not be praised for doing his job. What Mr. Martin is not addressing is the Bulling behavior that is being conducted on a borderline illegal bases. What we have found in other jurisdictions, if an inspector comes onto property or takes pictures of a property without an inspection request being placed by an authorized permit holder it is viewed by law as a trespass. This is government over reach. All of it done in the name of protecting people. ( have you ever been forced to wear a mask in a nonsterile environment?) Sometimes Authority creates Authoritarians. When Bullies get into a police department we see them on the news. Bullies in government are a little more stealth. Remember, the government only serves at the will of the governed and right now it looks like the people have had about enough. It is not to late for Mr. Martin to pull back on the Bully behavior. If it is not brought under control, the people will have their say. This is what will happen. Jim Ferguson

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