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Brett’s Waterway Cafe structural issue – “No immediate threat to life and safety”

July 3, 2021

“Based on preliminary structural assessment, Staff believes the substructure at Brett’s Waterway Café has surpassed its useful life and could suffer significant damage during a hurricane or other high wind event.”

In a notice to Fernandina Beach City Commissioners, City Attorney Tammi Bach wrote, “No notice can be posted in this case because no immediate threat to life and safety. See 1985 Unsafe Building Abatement Code, Chapter 3. This is not a notice to vacate. The attached notice will be mailed and hand delivered to Centre Street Restaurant Group.”

The following notice is signed by  Charles George, PE City Engineer, and was delivered to the leaseholder, Center Street Restaurant Group.

Notice of Unsafe Building and Intent to Condemn

Ref: Brett’s Waterway Cafe
1 Front Street, Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034
Parcel # 00-00-31-1760-0025-001L
PT OF LOT 25 “25-1L” UNR LEASE DATED 1-1-1997

The structure located on the above-referenced property has been declared unsafe by the City building official and City engineer pursuant to Chapter 22, section 26 of the City of Fernandina Beach Code of Ordinances. A summary report documenting the conditions determined to have rendered the building unsafe under the provisions of the City of Fernandina Beach Code are as follows:

Visual observations indicate numerous deficiencies observed: active collapse of a concrete double-tee substructure member. Based on preliminary structural assessment, Staff believes the substructure at Brett’s Waterway Café has surpassed its useful life and could suffer significant damage during a hurricane or other high wind event. Due to the elevated risk of substructure failure, collateral damage and repairs necessary, City staff believes that the deteriorating structure condition is a potential life-safety risk to the public, to continue to occupy this structure. *A full and complete copy of the engineer’s report and findings may be obtained from the City Clerk’s Office: 204 Ash Street, Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034. Phone: 904.310.3115

The following actions are required to be commenced or completed by the dates and times specified below:

FL 32034 www.M.us All necessary permits shall be secured, and the work commenced within sixty (60) days of the date of this notice. If repairs are not commenced within sixty (60) days, the structure must be vacated on or before September 2, 2021.

If the required actions above are not completed by September 2, 2021, the property will be ordered vacated and posted by the building official, or his designee, to prevent further occupancy until the work is completed and the building official, or his designee, may cause the work to be done and all costs incurred charged against the property or owner of record.

Any person entitled to service in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 3 of the 1985 Standard Unsafe Building Abatement Code may appeal any action of the building official, or his designee, under this code to the Code Enforcement and Appeals Board. Such appeal must be filed in writing with the building official, or his designee, within thirty (30) days from the date of service and must contain at least the following information:

1. Identification of the building or structure concerned by street address or legal description.
2. A statement identifying the legal interest of each appellant.
3. A statement identifying the specific order or section being appealed.
4. A statement detailing the issues on which the appellant desires to be heard.
5. The legal signature of all appellants and their official mailing address.

Signature:
Charles George, PE
City Engineer
Office: 904-.310.3420
Email: [email protected]

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