Remodeling of an L-shaped duplex at 300 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, by Beach to Bay Construction was halted Jan. 8 by building official Bob Welch after he found several issues with the construction project.
Mayor SueLynn said the site plan also was reviewed by Rik Bass of Bass & Associates professional appraisers. She said Bass found “significant questions” about the cost estimates to warrant a stop work order.
Welch wrote on the stop work order “substantial improvement,” as the reason for halting the project. He said he had not yet discussed the issues with Jim Moss, the project superintendent for the contractor, Beach to Bay Construction.
The administrative issues involve the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Welch said, but he declined to elaborate. He said he did “not feel comfortable” discussing the issues before talking with the contractor.
Welch added, “These are issues that have to be ironed out before construction can continue.”
Richard Eason of Bradenton, who owns 300 N. Shore Drive, was at the property Jan. 8. He said he was shocked when he saw the posted stop work order.
“I thought everything was proper. Yes, there is going to be living space on the ground floor,” Eason said. However, he added, he was told the work does not violate any ordinance or regulation.
When contacted, Beach to Bay Investment principal Shawn Kaleta referred questions to Moss, but efforts to reach Moss were unsuccessful.
Beach to Bay Construction is owned by Scott Eason, but it was Kaleta who came under fire from officials in Holmes Beach for building and marketing large rental properties in that city’s duplex zone. Kaleta maintains he broke no building codes or ordinances.
He said his companies built or remodeled some 60 properties in the city, more than any other builder or investor, and he felt he came under scrutiny for that reason.