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Accused unlicensed contractor sues Pinellas County Licensing Board over fine

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A Brandon contractor is suing the county licensing board after being fined for performing home repairs without a license. The Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board is the Largo-based independent agency that regulates construction contractors. The Board issues licenses, monitors insurance coverage, approves building codes and finds violators for noncompliance. The board has recently been a target of a series of investigative articles by the Tampa Bay Times accusing the Board’s leadership of playing “fast and loose” with its disciplinary process…

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Director of Pinellas construction licensing board retires

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Rodney Fisher, the executive director of the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board, announced his retirement during a meeting Tuesday of the Pinellas County Legislative Delegation. Fisher, who has been the target of recent stories in the Tampa Bay Times, referred to those saying, “The issue with the PCCLB should not be about me. … I am retiring as the executive director.” The stories have alleged that some homeowners and contractors feel “cheated, ignored and even stonewalled” by the agency. As…

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Construction board says eliminating it will leave home, business owners unprotected

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Faced with the possibility that members of the Legislative Delegation could move next week to eliminate it, the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board is fighting back. In a 15-page memorandum to the delegation, the board argues that its existence is necessary to protect home and business owners against unscrupulous and unlicensed contractors. Eliminating the agency “opens a dangerous door for Pinellas County home and business owners to be unprotected, reverting the construction industry back to the stone ages of the…

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Pinellas Legislative Delegation to consider changes to construction licensing board

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Responding to a request from Charlie Justice, the Pinellas Legislative Delegation will consider changing the way members of the Construction Licensing Board are chosen. State Sen. Jack Latvala, the delegation chair, called on state Rep. Larry Ahern to come up with a plan by the delegation’s Jan. 31 meeting. State Sen. Jeff Brandes said he wanted Ahern to consider dissolving the board so it would come under control of the Pinellas County Commission. The licensing board, created in 1973, regulates…

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Former Madeira Beach commissioner files ethics complaint against Elaine Poe

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A former Madeira Beach commissioner says sitting Commissioner Elaine Poe has overstepped her authority and he’s filed a state ethics complaint against her. “I’m disappointed that she’s not following the rules,” Len Piatta said. “Her behavior … causes things to be more out of control.” Poe said she has not seen a copy of the complaint, but is familiar with the allegations. “It’s a pretty bogus complaint,” Poe said. “I feel like it was filed in collusion between the city…

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