Published: Oct 15, 2010 9:03 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 15, 2010 6:03 PM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Officials with the City of Cape Coral’s Code Compliance Division and Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation cited eight individuals for unlicensed contracting during a two-day sting operation this week. On October 13 -14, the agencies set up operations in a home in the southeast Cape and solicited a variety of contracting services. To provide these services, individuals had to have the appropriate contractor’s licenses issued by the State of Florida and City of Cape Coral, as well as a business tax receipt issued by the City.

“We continue to take proactive and aggressive steps to identify individuals who offer to provide services without the proper licensing, training and insurance,” said Code Compliance Manager Frank Cassidy. “By doing so, we are helping to protect our citizens from unscrupulous contractors who are doing unpermitted and potentially shoddy work, which can end up costing more money and causing more headaches.”

The Florida DBPR issued 11 citations for unlicensed contracting. The City issued eight citations for unlicensed contracting and one citation for not having a business tax receipt. The State’s citations carry a fine up to $1,000, while the City’s citations are $500 each.

All of the following persons were cited for unlicensed contracting:

James Alegria: Low voltage and intercom, home theatre systems

Steven Newell: Lawn care, irrigation, painting, electrical and plumbing

Bland Parker with AAA Water Team: Well pump replacement

Nigel Phillips: Electrical, plumbing, painting, handyman service

Robert Stead: Electrical, plumbing, painting

Miguel Ramos: Well pump replacement, water system

Justin Dillon: Well pump replacement, water system replacement, lawn irrigation

Anthon James Russo with Perfect Water Well: Well pump replacement

(Russo also was cited for not having a business tax receipt)