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Board fines developer who left job unfinished

A state licensing board has ordered Cindy Meyer-Webb, a former Pasco County developer and executive director of the Pasco Building Association, to pay $12,000 in fines and restitution to customers she's accused of shortchanging.

But homeowners at the Fairways of Quail Hollow, the financially troubled development Meyer-Webb abandoned while deeply indebted to subcontractors, complain the punishment isn't severe enough.

Meyer-Webb subsequently found work with a $300-million, oceanside high-rise project in Miami. Although the Construction Industry Licensing Board placed her on administrative probation for two years, Meyer-Webb keeps her contractor's license.

"I think she should have lost her license. All they've ever done to us is lie," said Erika Ross, a Fairways resident who blames Meyer-Webb's company for floor tiles that needed to be replaced after three years.

Based on a complaint from Ross' neighbors, Donnato and Lucille Cappabianca, the state Department of Business and Professional Regulation charged Meyer-Webb last summer with "committing incompetency or misconduct in the practice of contracting."

Meyer-Webb's company, Aquilaco Inc., built most of the Fairways, but disbanded about a year ago, leaving 13 homes half-built and a pile of debts to subcontractors. Since then, a new builder has completed much of the work at the neighborhood west of Interstate 75.

Meyer-Webb didn't appear at her hearing in January _ in fact she didn't respond to the complaints at all. So the licensing board ruled her "in default" and hit her on Friday with penalties: a fine of $3,100, costs of $836 and restitution of $8,119 to the Cappabiancas.

Among other complaints, the Cappabiancas accuse Meyer-Webb of failing to refund $4,000 for an unbuilt screen porch at their $136,000, 3-bedroom house on Gentle Ben Circle.

Meyer-Webb, who also used to serve on the board of the Florida Housing Finance Corp., couldn't be reached Tuesday for comment.

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