Timeline and Mandates of the Sarasota County Building Department


The Timeline links below contain downloadable Dropbox files

  • December 17, 2020: The Notice of Violation/Notice to Obtain Permit The notice served on Sui by Bob Leply, Investigations Supervisor.
  • March 29 – May 19: Renovation Building Plans prepared to submit for Permit Application.
  • May 20, 2020: Plans submitted for permitting.
  • May 27, 2020: Review Memo received from Mr. Russell Hutchins, Building Plans Inspector.
  • June 2, 2020: Email and Attachment to Mr. Hutchins in response to his Review Memo of May 27th.
  • June 2, 2020: Email request from Mr. Hutchins for a phone conversation.
  • June 3, 2020: Cabana’s email reply and request for a confirming response to his reply to Mr. Hutchins on June 3rd.
  • June 3, 2020: Mr. Hutchins email reply and revised Review Memo of June 3rd. He refused to address the matters listed by Cabana and ignored his requests totally. An example of the arrogance of some building officials. This man does not belong in a position where he does not know his duties to serve the public.
  • June 10, 2020: Cabana’s email to Kathleen Croteau, Mr. Hutchins’s supervisor, regarding Sui’s position in this matter.
  • June 18, 2020: Kathleen Croteau’s reply to Cabana’s email of July 10th where she totally ignored the content of his email and indirectly indicated that Sui would have to comply with the revised Review Memo of June 3rd. She refused to answer his requests for a direct answer and also a list of fees and penalties. Definitely conduct unbecoming of a civil servant supervisor in dealing with Sui.

Below, you can read some related news article of other people who have had run-ins with the building dept.


Newspaper and Website Articles:

  • Aggressive enforcement and fines have some fighting back. Andy Schade got a $300 Wal-Mart swimming pool last year as a treat for his daughter’s seventh birthday. Now, his father faces nearly $14,000 in city fines — punishment for running afoul of North Port’s relentless code enforcement system — and plans to sue North Port.  [READ MORE….]

  •  The city takes Diane Pearson to court over fines of more than $27,000 for keeping her old car in the driveway without a license plate.     [READ MORE….]
  • I have been victimized by Sarasota County due to working for Senator Greg Steube, who stated that he was going to make my life a living hell to a subcontractor of mine, which lead to me to filing a complaint against Sarasota County Building Department. My complaint was against their corruption and extortion.  [READ MORE…]
  • On Monday, May 3rd, 2010, the following story appeared in the Herald Tribune:
    North Port Fines Keep Couple from Buying Home:  When Andrew and Leonida Sheets decided to buy a fixer-upper in North Port, Florida, for $11,400, they were ready to put a lot of work and love into making the bank-owned house into their new home. Sadly, when they went to close on the deal, they discovered that they could not do so because the City of North Port had $16,248 (well over the price of the house itself) levied in fines against the property.  So what was the horrible violation that led to this outrageous lien???
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