Florida Department of Labor and Employment Security
Division of Safety
Gainesville Satellite Operations Jeb Bush
5109 NW 39th Avenue Governor
Gainesville, Florida 32606
RECEIVED Mary B. Hooks
FEB 1 0 2000
February 8, 2000 CITY OF ST. AUGUSTINE
Dr. William Adams, Director
Historic Preservation & Historic Tourism
P.O. Box 210
St. Augustine, FL 32085-0210
RE: Asbestos Investigation, 17 Cuna Street
Case File: J00-E7007
Dear Dr. Adams,
In response to a referral from the Department of Environmental Protection I visited the referenced site
today to substantiate allegations of improper asbestos removal. After discussing the sequence of
events and observing the building I do not believe there is an asbestos hazard present at this time.
However, it would be prudent to place a layer of sod between 17 Cuna Street and the adjacent building
to cover any residual asbestos-containing material. It would also be a neighborly thing to have the
roofing contractor replace plants that were destroyed during the clean-up (which they caused).
In order to prevent asbestos-related construction activities in State-Owned Buildings, a program exists
which is administered by the Department of Labor and Employment Security, Division of Safety
(brochure is enclosed). This program requires building surveys, standardized work specifications, and
that all asbestos activity in State-Owned Buildings be overseen by the Regional Asbestos Program
Managers (I'm one of those). I believe if I had been included in the pre-work phase of this project then
there would not have been any asbestos-related problems.
In 1994 the Historic District (Mr. Ross Fullam) had surveys done on State-Owned Buildings. The
results of these surveys need to be provided to building occupants and if asbestos is present then the
occupants must be notified and trained in how to not disturb the material.
Please call me at (352) 955-2022 if you would like to discuss this further or if I can be of any
assistance in helping you manage asbestos in your facilities.
Public Sector Program
Cc: Sue Autrey