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A Port Charlotte contractor sues the county for a contract breach

A Port Charlotte construction company, A2 Group Incorporated (Inc.) filed a breach of contract lawsuit against Charlotte County on Dec. 9. The contractor, who was responsible for building a shooting range for local law enforcement to use, alleges that they never received their final $650,0000 payment from the county for their labors. Charlotte County administrators recently announced their plans to countersue.

County officials seem to have no problem in admitting that they haven't made the final payment on their contract. A Charlotte County spokesperson notes that they've intentionally withheld it. County officials argue that they've done so because they've since found that the building wasn't constructed according to Florida Building Code (FBC).

The county argues that the building's fascia is partially detached from the rest of the structure. County officials also point out that the structure doesn't meet wind load requirements as outlined in the FBC.

The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office has been unable to make use of the $5 million firing range since it's construction was completed this past spring. To make matters worse, the county is unwilling to issue a certificate of occupancy for the building.

One of the reasons that the county has been unwilling to issue this certificate is because of the way that the structure's baffling system was designed. It doesn't adequately trap bullets inside the building. The contractor alleges that the county didn't make them aware of this until long after their bid had been accepted.

The construction company expected to renegotiate the deal once this was brought to their attention, but the county was seemingly unwilling to agree to it. The contractor alleges that Charlotte County officials expected A2 to foot the bill for the upgrade themselves.

County commissioners decided to countersue earlier this month, but have yet to do so. It's unclear what the hold up is.

Construction disputes are often costly. It's not uncommon for there to be thousands or even millions of dollars at stake depending on how these cases are ultimately adjudicated. This is why you shouldn't try to resolve such disputes singlehandedly. You should instead allow a construction litigation attorney in Melbourne who has extensive experience in handling such matters handle your case for you. They can help you achieve timely and cost-effective results.

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