CITY OF ST. AUGUSTINE
TO: Jason Sheffield
DATE: February 10, 2000
RE: Asbestos Incident of 1/25/00
Pursuant to your request, below is our account of the above referenced incident:
Tuesday, January 25, about 2:00 p.m.: Sue Autrey, lessee at the Joint Venture Leather
Shop, where the roofers had begun work, came by the Maintenance Office to meet with Keith
Hunt. She questioned the method in which the roofers were removing the old roof. Mr. Hunt
went to the Leather Shop and observed the workers on the roof shoveling the old roof pieces off
of the roof and into the truck. He found the foreman, who was not there at the time, and returned
with the foreman to observe the work. The foreman assured Mr. Hunt that the work was being
handled properly, but suggested to the workers that they be more careful. Ms. Autrey was present
at that time. She was notified that the contractor's foreman believed the work was being
Wednesday, January 26, about 9:00 a.m.: Dick Pittman, the contractor, informed Mr.
Hunt that the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) had visited the work site late
Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Pittman gave Mr. Hunt the names of the investigators. Mr. Hunt then
reported the involvement of the DEP to Mr. Adams, department director, who asked Mr. Hunt to
obtain additional information pertaining to the origin of the call to the DEP and the reason for the
DEP's involvement. Mr. Hunt called the DEP and was referred to Erica Robbins, a DEP official
in Jacksonville. She came to St. Augustine that afternoon, met with Mr. Hunt, and told him that
in her opinion, it was a sloppy removal job.
Thursday, January 27, about 9:00 a.m.: The site was taped off and a clean-up crew
was at work.
Friday, January 28, 10:00 a.m.: The tapes were down and both businesses, Joint
Venture and the Blacksmith Shop, were open. The two remained open Friday, Saturday, and
Sunday. Mr. Hunt was informed by Mr. Cubbedge that he had been in communication with
Erica Robbins, who said the site was now clear.
Monday, January 31, about 9:00 a.m.: Mr. Hunt stopped by the Joint Venture to
inspect the situation. It rained that weekend. Ms. Autrey had gathered a bag of what she called
asbestos chunks that she had picked up and which she said the rain had caused to rise to the top
of the grass or ground surface.
February 10, 2000
Wednesday, February 2, about 9:00 a.m.: The clean up people in white suits were
back. Dick Pittman had called them out. They remained there through Friday.
Friday, February 4, noon: Mr. Adams and Mr. Hunt both visited the area and spoke
with the people who were cleaning the site. The tapes were removed about 1:00 p.m. and that
afternoon the Blacksmith and the Joint Venture were open for business.
Department of Historic Preservation
& Heritage Tourism
William R. Adams, Director
R. Keith Hunt, Supervisors