(Calls to Stallone's management company in Philadelphia went unreturned.)
Bunnell has met with DERM's directors "out of frustration" and has urged them to hire more people to process permit requests and to hold occasional meetings with marine contractors "to chew the fat." In response to his complaints, DERM has collated a list of his recent projects and recorded the time it has taken for regulators to approve the work. "I think we've attempted to streamline the process, and in many ways we've responded quickly to many of the projects he's been involved with," Espinosa says. "But the fact of the matter is everybody has to follow procedures.