Homeowner: My Florida Safe Home contractors aren't safe

4:57 PM, Apr 24, 2008   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida - As we walked into Yvonne Robinson's home, she was on the phone complaining to the state.

Robinson was talking with someone from the My Safe Florida Home program saying, “You people need him off your list."

Robinson was talking about the owner of Eagle Development. The company had a major problem when it did a construction job as part of the My Safe Florida Home program.

The program is designed to help people make their homes more hurricane resistant.

Robinson took us into her garage, where she said there was a humongous hole in her ceiling. It was where construction workers for the company had fallen through.

Meantime state records list the home of company president, Mike Rubino as the corporate headquarters. Rubino does have an active construction license, but it is on a probationary status. In addition, the Clearwater Better Business Bureau has 28 complaints against the company which has an unsatisfactory rating.

However Eagle Development is listed as licensed contractor for the My Florida Safe Home program

Robinson says, "It's unreal. I thought I was safe, but I wasn't safe at all."

To be part of the program, all a contractor has to do is be licensed, have workman's comp and take training. However a spokesman for My Safe Florida Home says the agency says moving swiftly to terminate Eagle Development because of the problems with this job.

Robinson says, "That's a little bit late, you're going to take them off the list now that I've been ripped off."

Hillsborough County says the company has not been licensed since September 2006, didn't pull a permit for the job and will be fined $500.

"He has a state license and that's what I'm after," Robinson says.

In addition to trying to get the state to pull the company's license, Robinson is accusing the construction workers of taking jewelry from her. The Hillsborough Sheriff's Office has a grand theft investigation underway.

Rubino sent Robinson a letter saying he personally will be on site supervising her job starting Tuesday. He says he will talk to us  about the problems then.

But because of the work the company did the first time, Robinson is concerned about anything else Eagle Development will do.

Mike Deeson, Tampa Bay's 10 News

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