May 26, 1987
During the past couple of weeks, I have had several conversations
with you and Dr. Gold, Director of the Historic St. Augustine Preservation
Board, regarding the existing dry wood termites in the Benet House
(65 St. George Street). As you are aware, there is evidence of these
insects working in the building. This has been confirmed by both
your exterminator and ours.
Initially, you suggested to remove all of our furniture, have
it treated and returned to the building. Both your exterminator and
ours agree that this exercise would only delay possible damage to the
furniture if the building is not treated. The furniture would be
susceptible to damage when it is returned to the insect infested building.
Therefore, it was my understanding that you scheduled the building to
be treated between May 28-30.
Recently, Dr. Gold informed me that you have reconsidered and
will tent the building in September. I was surprised, as we had
changed our plans for this period and began to make plans to move out.
It is my understanding that you decided to delay tenting until September
as it would inconvenience the other tenant in the building and would
require financial compensation to this tenant.
I appreciate the fact that the other tenant would be inconvenienced
and I certainly do not want to create undo problems. However, we would
not be facing a scheduling problem if this issue had been addressed
when it was first brought to the attention of the Preservation Board
during November, 1986.
I have accepted the fact that you will not tent the building
until September. I only hope that our antique furniture is not damaged
until you decide that it is "convenient" to treat the building.
Also, I still await action to replace the missing balcony spindles
and repair the balcony doors as described in your letter dated April 13,
cc: Robert Gold, Director