Property near Disney World where workers died owned by Palm Beacher
Palm Beach resident Dwight Schar is the owner of the property where two workers fell to their deaths Wednesday when scaffolding collapsed during the construction of a hotel near Disney World, reports said.
The victims were identified as Lorenzo Zavala, 34, a former vice president at S&Z Concrete from Plant City, and Jerry Bell, a 46-year-old father and stepfather, of Seffner, according to Orange County officials. A third man escaped serious injury by holding onto the scaffolding, while a fourth worker was uninjured, police said.
They were part of the crew of a 16-story, $282 million JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort, featuring 516 rooms. It’s owned and developed by DCS Investment Holdings, a private equity group based in West Palm Beach, which is owned by Dwight Schar, various media outlets reported.
The Washington Post reported that no foul play is suspected but local and federal officials are investigating. Schar is co-owner of the Washington Redskins.
Jeff Flaherty, who handles global communications and public affairs for Marriott, expressed his condolences to the families. He said DCS did not have an immediate comment, according to media reports.