Just how important is the state's "Coastal Construction Control Line" in Florida? Important enough to put the brakes on a project after the building is framed. That's what happened to a house under construction by developer Joe Orlandini in Fort Myers Beach. Local authorities think Orlandini's building is 8 feet too close to the water. Orlandini says they're wrong — but in the meantime, the project is halted, according to local TV station NBC-2 (see: "Builder disputes Fort Myers Beach measurement after stop-work order," by Chris Lovingood).
"The Coastal Construction Control Line Program (CCCL) is an essential element of Florida's coastal management program," the state's website explains. "It provides protection for Florida's beaches and dunes while assuring reasonable use of private property. Recognizing the value of the state’s beaches, the Florida legislature initiated the Coastal Construction Control Line Program to protect the coastal system from improperly sited and designed structures which can destabilize or destroy the beach and dune system. Once destabilized, the valuable natural resources are lost, as are its important values for recreation, upland property protection and environmental habitat."
Orlandini is not questioning the value of protecting shoreland areas. But he says that in this case, the state is wrong about where the line is. The town has four surveys indicating that his structure is 8 feet beyond the line. But Orlandini says "we have conflicting information that has come to light" about where the line lies, and that he may have to "defend the fact that we are in the right location."
In the meantime, work has stopped. "Orlandini can either tear down what's already built or reapply for a permit that would shave off eight feet of the structure," NBC-2 reported.