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Contractor apologizes after 8 On Your Side exposes his mess that ruined couple’s retirement

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Their unfinished retirement home in a state of abandonment and disarray, Beth and Tim Smetana got a big “I’m sorry” text from contractor Danny Musgrove.

“It’s just a mess. Never seen anything like this in my life,” Tim stated. 

The Smetanas signed a contract in March 2017 with Danny and Rhonda Musgrove to build a 1400 square foot house in Dover, their retirement home.

But two years and $190,000 later? 

“They have not put any type of insulation in. They have not put the ceiling on this, obviously,” Tim pointed out.

 “It didn’t pass inspection so they had to go through and chop holes in the concrete block to put re-bar in and then patch it up,” Beth explained.

“The air conditioning unit is supposed to be there,” Tim said, pointing to a weed filled area. “There is no air conditioner.” 

“There are subcontractors that haven’t been paid that we need to pay them off as well,” Beth added.

Following our 8 On Your Side report Wednesday about Musgrove’s mess at their planned home, Musgrove sent Beth a text.

In part it said, “I can only reiterate my apology for the situation… I do want you to know that I did not do shoddy work on your home.” 

Well what do you call a garage door rail looming near the laundry room door, waiting to take off someone’s head? 

“He’s totally destroyed our dream home and our retirement,” Tim complained. 

Musgrove relayed he is having financial problems.

His text to Beth also stated, “My loan is supposed to close sometime this month.”  

It’s a story she says she’s heard since November.

“I sent him weekly texts asking him the status of the loans and he always tells me, he’s closing next week,” Beth said.

County records show Musgrove and wife Rhonda haven’t paid property taxes in three years and owe $8,803 to the Hillsborough County Tax Collector.

They illegally lived in an RV on their Seffner property, running up $24,400 in code violation fines. 

Last month, the county said it got a call from Musgrove that to inform Code Enforcement that he had moved the RV and his property was in compliance.  

Records show once the inspector left, Musgrove moved the RV back onto the property and took up residence in it again.

His game with the county may cost him.

His tactics with the Smetanas cost them, dearly.  

“So now we’re going to have to tap into our 401K retirement to pay someone else to finish the job that we’ve already paid for,” Beth added.

Musgrove’s text also stated when his loan closes, he will be more than happy to return the balance of the contract not used to the Smetanas. 

8 On Your Side reached out again Thursday to Musgrove and have not heard back from him.

Report violations of building codes, housing, zoning or health and safety standards to your county code enforcement department.  

If you know of something that should be investigated, call our 8 On Your Side Helpline at 1-800-338-0808. Contact Steve Andrews at sandrews@wfla.com.

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