Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Citation Issued for Home Work on Island; Construction Was Continuing without a Permit for the Cumberland Property

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Citation Issued for Home Work on Island; Construction Was Continuing without a Permit for the Cumberland Property

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Byline: GORDON JACKSON

ST. MARYS - A Cumberland Island man has been cited for disobeying an order to stop work on a house under construction on his property.

A stop-work order was issued last summer after officials learned Camden County Jail inmates were building a house on the island and the work had begun without National Park Service approval or a required county building permit

Ben Jenkins was issued the citation Monday after officials with the Park Service witnessed a contractor working on the septic system for the house.

According to the citation, a park ranger saw an employee of Kingsland-based C&S Septic Tank Service on a back hoe installing the septic system. The company employee dug a 5-foot-deep ditch that was 20 feet long and 10 feet wide. A 25-by-50 foot drain field also was dug, "causing substantial damage to the natural resources," according to the citation.

When the ranger asked Jenkins to have the contractor stop the work, Jenkins refused. Work stopped after Jenkins was issued the citation, according to the report.

C&S employees didn't return a phone call Wednesday for comment.

Jenkins has no listed telephone number and couldn't be reached for comment.

Jenkins was sent two warning letters, one last year and one this year, cautioning him not to continue work on the home without a permit, said Bill Reynolds, Park Service spokesman in the regional office in Atlanta.

"Because he ignored the two letters, we issued the citation," Reynolds said. "He was cited a violation for the construction of a building without a permit on park areas."

Possible penalties for the violation include a fine, jail time or both, he said. Reynolds said he hasn't yet researched the maximum penalties allowed in such a case.

Jenkins must appear before a judge in U. …

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