Parker House problems continue for Mexico Beach


The Parker House was demolished last Wednesday but eight feet of concrete was discovered beneath the structure.

Wes Locher | The Star
Published: Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 09:59 AM.

No one ever said that removing a historic house would be easy.

During last week’s pre-agenda meeting, Brian Cathey of Cathey Construction addressed the city council regarding an unforeseen issue following the demolition of the Parker House.

While the structure itself had been pulled down last week, Cathey reported that beneath the home a massive concrete footing roughly eight feet deep was discovered.

Cathey sought authorization from the council to remove the concrete; a step required by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection permit, which he estimated would take 10-15 dump truck loads to remove after being broken up, and would come with a price tag of $5,000-$10,000.

“There was no way of knowing that (the concrete was there) when we put together a price for the demolition,” said Cathey.

Councilman Gary Woodham asked Cathey if the concrete could be covered up but Cathey said that it would cause major problems were anyone else to excavate in the location in the future.

The council decided to add it to the tab of additional money they were seeking from the insurance company.

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