Constructing collapse horrifies residents of the condominium constructing in Miami Seaside with “unsafe” warnings

SURFSIDE, Florida. Haunted by the recent Surfside tragedy, some residents of oceanfront apartments in South Florida are seeking information about the structural integrity of their condos. Fear reigns along Collins Avenue, and residents of a pre-warned building in Miami Beach said they were appalled.

Some of the residents of Champlain Towers North and East decided to evacuate after the Champlain Towers South at 8777 Collins Ave. had become the epicenter of heartbreak and grief in the town of Surfside, Miami-Dade County on Thursday.

Several residents of the Maison Grande Condominium, an 18-story building of 502 units, said they were concerned about the safety of the 1971 building at 6039 Collins Ave. in Miami Beach. They have photos showing corroded steel and concrete spalling which is also part of an official report.

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Records show that five “unsafe” structural inspections were carried out which found the building to be “in violation of city standards”. There have been warnings that the two-story parking garage, pool deck and building envelope are “reaching the end of their useful life and require repair, replacement” or “a combination of these”.

On November 19, 2020, a city official wrote: “Structure with concrete flaking. You must submit a report that has been signed and sealed by [an] Engineer to evaluate the structure along with repair methods. ”On December 28, 2020, there is a red notice near an entrance indicating a violation of“ unsafe structures ”.

Residents of the buildings on Collins Avenue are concerned about maintenance issues

Search and rescue teams continued to dig their way through a compact mountain of pancake concrete in hopes of finding survivors on Monday after a partial residential building collapsed Thursday. They have alternated day and night searching while faced with sporadic rain and spontaneous fires. More than 150 people remain missing in Surfside, Miami-Dade County.

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On Wednesday, people trusted that Champlain Towers South, 8777 Collins Ave., was safe enough to sleep in. The 12-story northern section of the L-shaped building collapsed just before 2 a.m. on Thursday. Residents of neighboring buildings said they woke up to loud noises. Some said their windows were shaking and a large cloud of white dust had appeared.

Firefighters moved to evacuate trapped survivors who waited on their balconies for their turn to climb into an aerial work platform. Survivors said it was an excruciatingly slow process. Over time, an army of rescuers wearing hard hats advanced. Dogs began sniffing the scattered ruins for clues. Experts from Israel and Argentina came. The authorities have a warehouse in which they keep the recovered items. Crews use a crane to carefully remove dangerous metal and concrete.

As the world wondered how this could be possible in Florida, where hurricanes have forced officials to raise structural standards, a troubled 2018 report surfaced. It shows that engineers had reported major structural damage at Champlain Towers South. The property owners prepared to do their part in more than $ 9 million in projects.

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Officials said the 1981 building is in the process of recertification, which is required every 40 years and includes the review of every piece of home ownership. Survivors filed a lawsuit against the Champlain Towers South Condominium Association, claiming there was negligence when a lack of maintenance led to the deterioration that caused the collapse.

“It’s sad. And people ask me, ‘Where are you going? Where are you going to be?’ Well, I’m sure I won’t get a condo on the beach. That’s done, ”said Steve Rosenthal, a unit 705 survivor who filed a lawsuit against the Champlain Towers South association.

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The first lawsuit against the club was filed hours after the collapse. Donna Berger, an attorney for the Becker law firm, which represents the homeowners community, told USA Today that she classified the more than $ 5 million claim for damages as “hideous.” She added that the club’s vice president was one of the residents who went missing.

Governor Ron DeSantis said it would take time to find out for sure what exactly caused the tragedy. Engineers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology are collecting preliminary information to make a recommendation on whether or not a state investigation into the cause of the collapse is needed.

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Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said the results of the NIST investigation and other investigations could allow federal and state lawmakers to make changes to prevent future tragedy. With countless questions remaining unanswered, Miami-Dade police slowly released the victims’ identities and ages.

Stacie Dawn Fang, 54, died on Thursday en route to Aventura Hospital after crews pulled her out of the rubble. Their 15-year-old son survived after he managed to attract the attention of a neighbor who was near the rubble. The crews also recovered the body of Antonio Lozano, 83.

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On Friday the crews found the bodies of Lozano’s wife Gladys Lozano, 79, and Manuel “Manny” LaFont, 54. On Saturday, the crews found the bodies of Luis Bermudez (26), Ana Ortiz (46) and Leon Oliwkowicz (80). On Sunday, crews found the body of Christina Beatriz Elvira Oliwkowicz, 74.

List of victims authorities have identified:

  • Stacie Dawn Fang was 54 years old. She died on June 24th on the way to Aventura Hospital.
  • Gladys Lozano was 79 years old. Crews found her body on June 25th.
  • Manuel “Manny” LaFont was 54 years old. The crews recovered his body on June 25th.

  • Luis Bermudez was 26 years old. The crews recovered his body on June 26th.

  • Leon Oliwkowicz was 80 years old. The crews recovered his body on June 26th.

  • Ana Ortiz was 46 years old. The crews recovered her body on June 26th.

  • Christina Beatriz Elvira Oliwkowicz was 74 years old. Crews found her body on June 27th.

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