Tuesday, June 21, 2016

BOOM! 417 Government Demolition Permit Filled with Errors

Below is a link to the demolition permit for 417 E. Government:

Demolition Permit

Observations:

  • It was issued in the name of Angela Denmon although Denmon had not owned the property since 2014
  • Maverick Demolition properly stated the owner was Judy Galbavy.
  • The permit states ***ARB APPROVED***
What kind of shotty staff work is going on here?

  1. Did anyone notice the property owner on the application (Galbavy)  did not match the property owner of record (Denmon)?
  2. Did anyone not review the ARB minutes and see that the approval was for the Greskovichs, not Denmon and not Galbavy, with a reconstruction condition?
  3. Did anyone ask who in the heck Judy Galbavy was and why she was asking for demolition permit for the property?
  4. Why didn't anyone call Carter Quina, the architect of record, who obtained the demolition permit for the project and ask about the name differences?
Or was this a wink, wink transaction?


9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Did Bill weeks ever get his building official license?

NotaGOB said...

As I have said in previous postings and was questioned by other posters that have an agenda against the ARB.....the problem lies with City Inspections. You cannot pull the first nail out of any structure until Inspections gives you a permit. So again we seem to have a problem with Code Officials following the rules here. Perhaps our Special Snowflake Carter put pressure on Code Officials and they exchanged a Wink Wink...However this is not a failure of ARB to do it's job in a proper manner.

All ARB does is approve the basic concept of a building. All final design and code reviews are conducted by City Inspections. Had Inspectors been doing their job properly Demolition would have never happened. Instead that project would have been kicked back out as unapproved.

Anonymous said...

I have an interest in two buildings in the historical district. You have really hit on something with this series of posts. Please keep it up. Little by little over the past couple of years, the stink as to the operations of the ARB has started to get out. Please tear the cover completely off.

Anonymous said...

This is entirely an inspections department issue.

Mr. Weeks grants whatever permits he is told to grant. That's what happened here, same as with the tower.

Anonymous said...

Again, did mr.weeks ever pass the test?
I heard he didn't and still doesn't hold the license, which explains why things are allowed to happen such as long hollow tower, etc.

Anonymous said...

Does Weeks have proper credentials?

Did Weeks ever get his flood manager license?

How long did City go without anyone reviewing floodplains?

How many illegal floodplain changes did Weeks permit (old ECUA site being one of them)?

Anonymous said...

As an owner of one of the oldest structures in downtown, I went through a miserable process just having some items repaired on my building, not to mention the cost due to the higher than mighty ARB stressing to that all things must remain as they were originally. Ridiculous!

Anonymous said...


Let’s get past the finger pointing stage for a while. The situation at the present time is quite simple. The Galbavy’s are still required to rebuild the cottage. There is no statute of limitations to their obligations to rebuild even though they may think that they have a “Get out of Jail” card. Someone needs to file a complaint with the city, probably with Code Enforcement. My nominee for this task is Elizabeth Schrey as she actually witnessed some of the shenanigans. However, anyone can file the complaint as we are all damaged when a historic building is lost. If the Galbavy’s refuse to rebuild the cottage then a magistrate judge can start fining them $1,000 per day and slap a lien on both of their properties. The good news for Carter Quina is that he may finally get that fat fee that he was dreaming of all along.

The Galbavy’s may believe that others are guiltier than them and they would be correct. Unfortunately, the Galbavy’s are the ones that were caught without a chair to sit in when the music stopped. The Galbavy’s pulled the demolition permit and it is quite apparent that they have been intimately involved with this property since 2011. Surely they know that they are required to rebuild the cottage.

Here’s my take on the other responsible parties –

Carter Quina can lose his professional license in Florida for perpetrating this fraud. He has been wearing two hats at the ARB meetings, which is a crime by itself. Quina’s story about rebuilding the cottage with the same materials was a complete lie and he misled the ARB members who don’t know any better. Quina is no stranger to fraud.

Maverick Demolition can also lose their license in Florida for submitting a fraudulent application for demolition. It is their signature on the demo application.

Heads should roll in the city’s building inspection department for the shoddy permitting work, but don’t expect that to happen. It looks like no one was checking anything, which is a good indication that the shoddy work was intentional. I do not think that the folks in the building department are bad people. I do think that someone above them is forcing them to approve bad projects with the threat of losing their jobs. By the way, no one gets the extra-special treatment unless you hold a Special Snowflake card.

Angela Denmon seems to be the driving force behind this sordid affair. She was smelling payday back in 2011 and kept pushing for a demolition permit even after her buyers withdrew the application. But what are you going to do to her now? She is laughing all the way to the bank.

In addition to Carter Quina, several members of the ARB had to have been in on this scam. What are you going to do to them? All ARB members are appointed by members of the city council, and we can’t seem to get rid of them either!

Anonymous said...

Weeks didn't have proper licensing and the city doesn't care. He's the go to boy . If he has finally obtained a license now, a complaint should be filed.

This is a common trick of the Arb. They refuse to put the correct name of the owner on the application. Many times they list the architect is requesting.

It's the code and how they get things that aren't ethical done.