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Rental cottage, pool company face code board

By Kathy Prucnell, Islander Reporter

Holmes Beach City Clerk Stacey Johnston posts notices on the outdoor bulletin board at city hall for upcoming city gatherings, including the April 19 code enforcement board meeting. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

Barefoot Bungalows and Agnelli Pools & Construction will come before the city’s code enforcement board at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 19, for building code violations in the city’s R-2 zone.

The hearings will be held in the city hall chambers, 5701 Marina Drive.

Barefoot Bungalows LLC, listed in county property records as owner of 5608 Holmes Blvd., will be asked to answer for alleged violations of state building codes when it allowed its contractor, apparently Beach to Bay Construction Inc., to continue work after the city issued a stop work order. The home was in the process of being remodeled and the stop work order related to enforcement of flood-zone remodeling regulations, according to city building officials.

The city issued the stop work order on the Holmes Boulevard property after Beach to Bay removed certain walls in violation of the 50 percent Federal Emergency Agency Management rule, city building inspector Bob Shaffer said.

FEMA requires the city to oversee permitted remodeling projects and project alterations to ensure homes are built with safeguards against erosion due to flooding.

While the issue was ultimately resolved by the parties’ attorneys, according to Forbes, Beach to Bay started work on the Holmes Boulevard property the stop work order was lifted by the city.

According to the Florida Secretary of State, Barefoot Bungalows is a limited liability company with two managers, Beach to Bay Construction LLC and Dean Hoshizki of Seattle, Wash. Beach to Bay Construction Inc. is listed as one of the Beach to Bay Construction LLC’s managers, and also is identified as the contractor by the sign on the property.

Scott Eason is listed as president of Beach to Bay Construction, Inc. Its address, according to the state website, is 5702 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. The city posted the notices April 4, listing both Barefoot Bungalows and Agnelli Pools & Construction at the 5702 Marina Drive address.

The state website indicates Agnelli Pools & Construction is a limited liability company at another Marina Drive address, and Frank Agnelli of Bradenton is the managing member.

“Agnelli goes hand in hand with Beach to Bay,” said Forbes, referring to the two contractors known to work on the same construction projects.

Commissioners will also hear the city code violations against Agnelli Pools for work performed without a permit at 205 77th Street. Agnelli was red-tagged by the city building department for failure to pull a permit for recent demolition work on the 77th Street property, Forbes said.

Code Enforcement Officer David Forbes said the case against Agnelli also involves the company’s repeat offender status “predicated on the last instance concerning the pools on 66th Street.”

The city previously issued stop work orders in January to Agnelli for work at 66th Street on two pools before permits were in place, according to Shaffer. After the 66th Street incident, Agnelli paid a $1,500 fine, according to building department records.

Now with their respective violations before the code enforcement board, Agnelli and Barefoot Bungalows face fines of $250 a day, and $500 a day for repeat violations.

        “But it’s not about revenue generating,” Forbes said. “It’s about a message of ‘don’t do it again.’”

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