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Date of Issue: September 29, 2005

City yanks Rosa del Mar permit

Bradenton Beach Building Official Ed Mc Adam has voided the building permit for the 14-unit Rosa del Mar condominium project on Gulf Drive, claiming that work on the property has been abandoned for more than six months.

In a Sept. 20 letter to John Kalas of GSR Development LLC, Mc Adam said that according to the Florida Building Code, every permit issued shall become invalid "if the work authorized by such permit is suspended or abandoned for a period of six months after the time the work commenced."

Mc Adam said his records indicate that the last work done on the project was an electrical inspection on Dec. 30, 2004. That's more than nine months of inactivity, according to Mc Adam's letter, and "based upon the work being suspended or abandoned," the building permit for Rosa del Mar is "null and void."

Wait a minute, replied Steve Noriega of GSR. The city's wrong.

Noriega "absolutely" disputed Mc Adam's time frame, claiming that test piles have been driven within the past few months. "We have done work and I'm going to have to go and sit down with them and show them our proof," he said.

The problem with the project is that the original engineer did a number of things wrong in the design, he said.

"We've had a delay," said Noriega, "and we had to go out and get completely new drawings, which we've done. My guess is the city is just looking for us to pay for another permit."

Noriega said GSR has every intention of completing the project.