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As I wrote to the Naples News regarding this issue it should not matter to the contractors who does the inspections. The only thing should be that they are timely and correct. The sole function of the inspectors is to protect the public by ensuring that the building codes are rigorously being followed. That, however, is a minimum standard inspection and that is what I was told by the Marco Building Official himself.
I do not believe there is any room within a regulatory structure for a list of "Preferred Contractors". That should be left for Angie's List not the city or the county building inspection departments.
For contractors to be concerned that inspections are not going to be done timely is a legitimate concern but any other concerns are not. To say that Marco will fall prey to "unlicensed contractors" is just screaming that the sky is going to fall. Rigorous enforcement by whoever is checking permits is the only answer to that problem.
I can tell you from personal experience that I had numerous problems with inspections and things not up to code. The City's Building Official told me directly that he would pass whatever he had to to just get our contractor off the island. Nice plan for us. By the way our builder was a Florida Licensed Contractor and when we went to take the Builder's Licensees to the State Department of Professional Regulation the complaints were dismissed summarily because we had been issued a Certificate of Occupancy. That despite two reports from professional inspectors attesting to the problems and numerous things not meeting code. Ask yourself how the inspector could be doing his job and miss the fact that NO roof vents were installed or that walk-in showers on a second floor would not have shower pans installed. The list goes on and on and includes much more serious issues and questions such as the actual PSI rating of concrete used for the second floor and the lack of a definitive deck inspection.
Actually the best course of action would be for the city to collect fees for permits and allow the individual to hire an outside inspector to ensure work was done to code and more. That would then make said inspector legally liable for failure to perform something the current governmental entities are not.
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