“I don’t want to loose the chance to build this house.”
A Contractor who was an old friend and a very experienced high end home builder called me to resolve some problems on a house that he was trying to get under contract. He described the proposed home as the most unique in his 30 years of experience. Working together with the architects and engineers we solved the problems of piling lengths and sea turtle lighting issues on the beach. The last problem was that the head plans examiner for the county misinterpreted what could be done below the state dictated storm surge level seaward of the Coastal Control Line. This would have not allowed electrical or air conditioning equipment under this house on stilts. This bad rule had already been enforced on some previous construction on the island. This head plans examiner would not return my phone calls regarding this issue after the disagreement was brought to the attention of one of his subordinate reviewers. I went around to the Building Official. The matter was promptly rectified and I then got a return call from the head plans examiner. No effected builder on the island was willing to call the question. My old friend was awarded the contract.
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