Anna Maria building official Bob Welch posted a stop-work order July 5 at a house owned by builder/developer Shawn Kaleta at 101 Willow Ave., stating renovations exceeded the permit. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Anna Maria building official Bob Welch posted a stop-work order at the home of Shawn and Jennifer Kaleta at 101 Willow Ave.
Welch said he ordered work stopped July 5, after observing work being done in excess of the permit he issued for the property. He allowed the roofing contractor to continue with some necessary repairs, which he said he will inspect this week.
While the order is for the Kaleta family home, Shawn Kaleta, a well-known builder/developer on the island, also has been active in the real estate market.
He recently purchased a vacation home at 9802 Gulf Drive and, he says, he plans to restore the cottage to its original condition for use as a retail/residential property. (See related story below.)
He also purchased a three-story house at 804 N. Shore Drive, that Welch cited last month, saying Kaleta had bedrooms on the ground-floor garage and storage level, which is prohibited.
Kaleta paid $1.1 million for that house in February and put it back on the market for $2.2 million after making improvements and adding a swimming pool.
Kaleta’s agent in that purchase indicated the selling price is based on the anticipated rental revenue the property will produce, approximately $250,000 per year.
Kaleta also last year purchased and renovated a single-family home — now a vacation rental — at 9405 Gulf Drive.
Kaleta gained notoriety in Holmes Beach last year when he either contracted to build or developed a number of large, multi-bedroom duplexes that drew the ire of some people at a city commission meeting.
Kaleta, however, has maintained that every construction project was built according to city codes.
“I am only building what I am allowed to build,” he said recently.