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illegal Contractor's invade Long Beach

In the wake of hurricane Sandy the City of Long Beach waved all the rules for contractors. Contractors did not need to be licensed by the city but they still need to be licensed, which didn't stop many illegal contractors or handymen from making big money  Illegal contractors undercut licensed contractors because they have no insurance costs to cover.  Even now after a month and half illegal contractors still work repairing houses and taking away money from licensed contractors who have a higher overhead to cover. When you call the city to complain they will tell you they are sending someone out but by the time they get to them it could be days and the job is done, or the city never shows up, The practice of illegal contracting has been going on in this city for along time, and until the city really gets serious about this problem, it will never go away. Would you go to someone walking down the street just because they had a scapulae in their hand and said they were a Doctor? 
Tonto Hertzberg December 10, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Why worry about illegal contractors? Hundreds of illegal apartments are being rebuilt using FEDERAL tax dollars. Maybe THAT issue should interest you.
Patrick Smith December 10, 2012 at 09:17 PM
good luck on getting out of dodge,we are all at a 20% real estate loss, there goes my retirement,nobody is running to buy here anymore ,flood zone . hope our property taxes are reduced the same 20% . not
Tonto Hertzberg December 10, 2012 at 09:39 PM
In short order the Army Corp will begin construction of the revamped 2006 beach replenishment deal.
Tonto Hertzberg December 10, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Add to that the hundreds of millions of dollars in new construction along the Island and there is every reason to believe that Long Beach will be doing better than ever by this time next year.
Tonto Hertzberg December 10, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Anyone that sells there house now is quite foolish. The general economy is now in recovery and a home on the ocean located 28 miles from Times Square will be quite valuable.
Patrick Smith December 11, 2012 at 07:23 AM
The dutch never had flooding in 70 years because of the 6 Ps , PROPER PLANNING PROCEDURE PERFORMS PERFECT PROJECTS , like the dykes. Common sence. The money spent over 70 years on insurance claims on the east coast ,we could have done a better job protecting our shoreline. Dont become comfortable after the storm .Our infrastructure has become Third world and our adminastration system is at a 12 th century level . the people in need to become up to present date world technology without red or blue bullshit .Meaning Rep or Dem
paul.d.spellman December 11, 2012 at 07:33 AM
Mr Smith, We must also explore the concerns about swimming safety, as well as surfing, about fishing, kayaking, aesthetics -- any use of the beach, And remember it is not just about surfing, we must make sure the powers that be look at storm protection in a different way, which is the biggest success you can ask from any project.
ak39 December 11, 2012 at 06:34 PM
all of you have missed the point, i am a licensed contractor i pay insurance, licence fees and so on, to have a none licensed contractor come in and do a job for 3-6 thousand dollars less because they don't have the overhead is very wrong.
Fred Barnes December 12, 2012 at 09:25 AM
Paul -- remind me which City department you work for?
paul.d.spellman December 12, 2012 at 10:09 AM
Fred, Real nice, you are unable to articulate a rational response to my comment, so the only recourse you have is to hurl insults?
ak39 December 12, 2012 at 06:22 PM
That seem's to be to normal here on the patch. People take the time to write how the feel, or about a situation that concern's them and for the most part instead of intelligent conversation's people hide behind the computer and bash the person who has done the writing. The Long Beach Patch sucks when there are real concern's that people write here, they never follow up, only want to report the things they see fit. Why bother even writing here , the Long Beach Patch is nothing more than a sounding board.
water guy December 19, 2012 at 06:37 AM
I thought this was about illegal contractors? yea we all seen them and know who they are, as a life long local here in LB I think i have seen it all. I have to say that Mr Paul is on about every post and even when it was about me, he still stood up and spoke his mind, and with real name. You have to give credit to people like him for not hiding behind a screen name. If you all feel you can bash someone, man up and use your real name, it will add to your credibility.

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