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Eagles prevent man from fixing his roof

Posted at 11:00 PM, Oct 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-01 08:14:19-04

UPDATE-- The City of Cape Coral granted Michael Schiffman a waiver so he can have his roof finished.

The contractor will pick up the permit in order to complete the work soon.


A Cape Coral man's roof repair is unfinished and it's all because of eagles!

A city ordinance prevents construction jobs during eagle nesting season in areas where a nest is present. Michael Schiffman's home is just a stone's throw away.

"We have an eagles nest in that tower 250 feet away from the house," says Schiffman, who got confirmation about his scheduled roof repair back in July.

Eagle nesting season won't wrap up until May. Schiffman afraid Sears won't finish his roof until then.

"We love the eagles," said Schiffman. "I don't want to disturb them, but at the same time I don't want to go another 6 or 7 months without a roof," he added.

4 In Your Corner got a hold of a spokesperson from Sears and received this statement in an e-mail.

"Clearly this appears to be a simple mistake, as the associates were not aware of the law prohibiting roofing during nesting season. We would never do anything to harm an Eagle, the symbol of American freedom. We are working with the city to resolve this as soon as possible and complete work on Mr. Schiffman's home."

Schiffman says he called the project manager several times to warn them about the need to finish the job before nesting season started in October.

"He said, 'We are working on it'," said Schiffman. "He's working on it, but he's not working on my roof," he added.

4 In Your Corner also took the issue to the City of Cape Coral. A city spokesperson says Schiffman's contractor didn't put in a permit request until October 12th, which means they took off his old roof without a permit.

Schiffman hopes Sears will find a way to work with the City to get the building materials out of the packaging and onto the top of his home.

"I would really appreciate a little grace here because it's not my fault," said Schiffman. "I'm stuck holding the bag," he added.