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Mr. Daniel Buhs J.

President and Chief Executive Officer

Vanderbilt Bay Construction , Inc.

HQ Phone: (239) 591-0900

Email: d***@***.com

Vanderbilt Bay Construction , Inc.

2224 TRADE CENTER WAY

NAPLES, Florida 34109

United States

Company Description

Vanderbilt Bay Construction, Inc. are general contractors and construction managers specializing commercial construction company in Naples, Florida with a focus on quality control for efficient and accurate construction. ... more

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Vanderbilt Bay Construction , Inc.

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Estuary Conservation Association Inc

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Estuary Conservation Association Inc

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Developer may get reprieve from $22,000 fine for destroying gopher tortoise burrows

www.naplesnews.com, $reference.date [cached]

Daniel Buhs, owner of Vanderbilt Bay Construction Inc., convinced the city's Code Enforcement Board members Tuesday night to consider reducing the fine previously levied by the board.

His appeal was presented as a request for a rehearing, meaning the board would reconsider the facts of the case and, potentially, overturn its February decision.The board voted against a rehearing but unanimously agreed to reconsider reducing the fine at a future meeting.A date wasn't set because Buhs must first file a request for the hearing.
City officials recommended that the board decline Buhs' request for a rehearing of his case because he missed the 10-day-deadline to file for one after the board fined him in February.Buhs also missed a 30-day window to file an appeal to the circuit court.
"Mr. Buhs believes that because the city did not inform him of his appeal rights, his due process rights have been compromised," wrote Greg Niles, city community development director in a memo to the board.
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Buhs called the $22,000 fine "excessive for what will eventually be proven to be a fact that no turtles were injured."
The fine was the result of a series of missteps in his company's excavation of 839 Newell Terrace on Feb. 1 to build a home.Buhs failed to obtain a building permit or state permits to relocate or remove 10 state-protected tortoise burrows.
Violations against Buhs included 10 citations for disturbing or removing protected species or habitat, failure to follow procedures for a property with protected species on site, removing an active burrow without proper state permits, failure to post state permits on site during construction, and failure to obtain a building permit.
Days after the illegal excavation, city officials and state wildlife officers supervised an environmental consultant that Buhs hired.The consultant, who attempted to locate any signs of tortoises on the property, estimated that there were 15 burrows on the lot, 12 of which were active, but no tortoises were found.
If Buhs' gets a reduced fine, it will be the second time the board has shown leniency on him.Under city code, Buhs had faced a maximum fine of $71,000 on a total of 14 violations - $5,000 per violation plus a $1,000 administrative fee.Board members fined him $22,000 instead of $71,000 decided on at the February hearing, charging him $1,500 per violation, plus the $1,000 administrative fee.
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In contrast, city officials previously urged the board to make an example of Buhs as a message to negligent developers who excavate property without permits for dealing with state-protected species.
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Buhs may still face state charges from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.Agency officials couldn't be reached to verify if any charges have been filed.
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Estuary Conservation Association, Inc.

www.estuaryconservation.org, 8 Jan 2012 [cached]

Treasurer: Dan Buhs dbuhs@vbcnaples.com


Cover Photo: The staff of Vanderbilt ...

www.suitelifemagazine.com, 14 Sept 2009 [cached]

Cover Photo: The staff of Vanderbilt Bay Construction in the hangar of the Collier County Sheriff's Special Operations facility (L to R): Michael Brunoli, LEED AP, business development director/project manager; Matt Morey, LEED AP, project manager/estimator; Troy Buhs, vice president of operations; Brad Smith, vice president of finance; and Daniel Buhs, president/CEO.

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Cover Photo: The staff of Vanderbilt Bay Construction in the hangar of the Collier County Sheriff's Special Operations facility (L to R): Michael Brunoli, LEED AP, business development director/project manager; Matt Morey, LEED AP, project manager/estimator; Troy Buhs, vice president of operations; Brad Smith, vice president of finance; and Daniel Buhs, president/CEO.
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It's not the awards that keep company founder and President Dan Buhs at the helm of VBC, but his passion for overcoming obstacles with expertise and imagination. He began his career in the Midwest, focusing on architecture and expanding into construction management, design/build and development before turning his attention to general contracting. "I love to create and build," he says. "That's why I got into the business." In 1983, he moved to Naples with business partners from Illinois to build an assisted care facility on the East Trail, followed by the construction of what were then some of the area's largest apartment complexes. Six years later, when he established VBC, one of his first projects was as a construction manager for Port of the Islands, a resort community with a marina, hotel and convention center, just southeast of Marco. Originally hired as a planning and design consultant, Buhs subsequently worked on improving, expanding and building the development's various multi-family and commercial components. Although he built some single-family residential, Buhs mainly focused on renovating the resort's existing facilities, upgrading and expanding its infrastructure and creating new multi-family communities. Since then, VBC has built a varied array of commercial structures, including government facilities, parks, retail centers, funeral homes, schools, fire stations and medical facilities. The company also has worked on beach erosion projects in Collier County and a historical renovation of the Bonita Springs Elementary School built in 1921. Small Staff, Broad Knowledge "Our work is interesting and I've always thought it was fun," says Buhs. "We have a lot of people here who feel the same way." Buhs credits his employees for the company's success.
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"I am very fortunate to have (such an) intelligent and loyal team," says Dan Buhs.
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"Our industry seems to be leaning toward the design-build concept and it's something we plan to focus on in the future," says Dan Buhs. Also on the company radar: green building. Although the market downturn has kept VBC from "flexing its LEED muscles" in Southwest Florida thus far, Buhs says it's only a matter of time. "It's all about constructing sustainable buildings and protecting the environment. We're urging our employees to continue their education and get (their credentials) now in energy conservation and building green. That way, they'll have a competitive edge when the economy recovers." Networking is also playing a prominent role at VBC and is something that Dan Buhs has always encouraged by example. He serves as treasurer for the Estuary Conservation Association and serves on the board for First American Bank and the Pelican Bay Rotary Club, among others.
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Dan Buhs says that above all, networking presents the opportunity to "rekindle past relationships," which may also help form the foundation for VBC's future.


Developer seeks reduced fine in tortoise burial incident

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Daniel Buhs, owner of Vanderbilt Bay Construction Inc., persuaded board members Tuesday, June 11, to consider reducing the fine previously levied.

His appeal was presented as a request for a rehearing, in which the board would reconsider the facts of the case and, potentially, overturn its February decision.The board voted against a rehearing but unanimously agreed to reconsider reducing the fine at a future meeting.A date wasn't set because Buhs must first file a request for the hearing.
City officials recommended the board reject Buhs' request for a rehearing of his case because he missed the 10-day deadline to file for one after the board fined him in February.
Buhs also missed a 30-day window to file an appeal to Circuit Court.
"Mr. Buhs believes that because the city did not inform him of his appeal rights, his due process rights have been compromised," wrote Greg Niles, city community development director in a memo to the board.
...
Buhs called the $22,000 fine "excessive for what will eventually be proven to be a fact that no turtles were injured."
The fine was the result of a series of missteps in his company's excavation of 839 Newell Terrace on Feb. 1 to build a home.Buhs failed to obtain a building permit or state permits to relocate or remove 10 state- protected tortoise burrows.
Violations against Buhs included 10 citations for disturbing or removing protected species or habitat, failure to follow procedures for a property with protected species on site, re moving an active burrow without proper state permits, failure to post state permits on site during construction, and failure to obtain a building permit.
Days after the illegal excavation, city officials and state wildlife officers supervised an environmental consultant Buhs hired.The consultant, who attempted to locate any signs of tortoises on the property, estimated there were 15 burrows on the lot, 12 of which were active, but no tortoises were found.
If Buhs gets a reduced fine, it will be the second time the board has shown leniency on him.Under city code, Buhs had faced a maximum fine of $71,000 on 14 violations - $5,000 per violation plus a $1,000 administrative fee - at the February hearing.Board members instead fined him $22,000, charging him $1,500 per violation, plus the $1,000 administrative fee.
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In contrast, city officials previ ously urged the board to make an example of Buhs as a message to negligent developers who excavate property without permits for dealing with state- protected species.
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Buhs may still face state charges from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.Agency officials couldn't be reached to verify if any charges have been filed.
The board also acted on three other cases:


Developer denied reprieve from $22,000 fine for destroying gopher tortoise burrows

www.naplesnews.com, $reference.date [cached]

Daniel Buhs, owner of Vanderbilt Bay Construction Inc., asked for the reduction June 11, and board members agreed to consider the request.

But in a presentation that lasted just two minutes Tuesday night - long enough for city Environmental Specialist Nancy Richie to present evidence against Buhs - the board voted unanimously to keep the fine in place.
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Buhs didn't attend the meeting to defend himself or his employees' actions when they began developing a lot at 839 Newell Terrace, located in Marco's elite estates area.
The excavation resulted in 14 city code citations - 10 for disturbing or removing protected species or habitat and others for failure to follow procedures for a property with protected species on site, removing an active burrow without proper state permits, failure to post state permits on-site during construction, and failure to obtain a building permit.
An excavation supervised by city officials and state wildlife officers days after the incident showed 15 burrows were on the lot, 12 of which were active, but no tortoises were found.
Gopher tortoises are protected by state guidelines that list the reptiles as a species of special concern.Property owners must obtain state permits to relocate or remove burrows before developing land.
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That information included a June 20 letter from Buhs that offered eight reasons the fines should be reduced:
He received a permit to excavate the lot. A building permit was approved but hadn't been picked up from City Hall. A state permit to remove the gopher tortoise burrows was issued but hadn't been received.
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Buhs was told by city officials he didn't need an attorney for his first code violation hearing in February. He never received paperwork to file an appeal or request a new hearing.
A day after the June 11 meeting, Richie - who remained silent as Buhs asked for a reduced fine that day - countered his arguments in a memo distributed to members of the code enforcement board.
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Buhs received less than maximum fines from the board at the prior hearing.Under city code, he faced a maximum fine of $71,000 for the 14 violations, equal to $5,000 per violation plus a $1,000 administrative fee.The fine was reduced to $1,500 per violation, plus the $1,000 administrative fee, for a total of $22,000.

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