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Residents Evacuate Miami Beach Condo Near Surfside Collapse Site

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Residents of a condominium located south of the building in Miami Beach, Florida 98 people fell and died last year We had to evacuate on Thursday due to concerns about damage to the building.

The city of Miami Beach posted a “dangerous construction” notice on a condominium building in Port Royal on Thursday, forcing residents to leave their homes immediately, city spokeswoman Melissa Bartier said.

Engineers at Inspection Engineers Inc. advised residents to “evacuate the building immediately,” in a letter to city officials on Thursday detailing the damage to a building at 6969 Collins Avenue. The engineer said what he believed to be one of the building’s main support beams in the garage was off by about half an inch, and an existing crack appeared to widen.

“It’s a big responsibility,” said inspection engineer Douglas Mercado, president, in an interview about the decision to advise residents to evacuate.

“We decided we weren’t going to risk it, especially after another building collapsed,” he said.

A representative for Port Royal did not respond to a request for comment.

Evacuation took place more than a year after Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Florida. collapsed early On June 24, 2021, while many residents were still asleep, the disaster was one of the deadliest building breakdowns in US history.

The condo tower collapse in Surfside, Florida, in June 2021 was one of the worst building failures in U.S. history.


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a Wall Street Journal survey Constructed nearly 40 years ago, the building made cost-saving decisions that met the building codes of the time, but had long-term safety hazards, such as skipping waterproofing areas where salt water could seep into the concrete. I discovered that it may have posed a risk.

Relatives of victims of the Surfside collapse Approximately $1 billion settlement This year, to settle an unjustified death claim.

The tragedy also raised concerns about structural integrity and costly repairs Facing a dilapidated mansion That line Miami beachfront. A new statewide law passed in May requires condos near the beach to be inspected every 25 years.

Port Royal, a 164-unit condominium built in 1971, is in the process of being recertified for the first time in 50 years, city spokesman Berthier said. The condo building is located approximately 1.3 miles south of the Surfside collapse site.

Engineers inspected Port Royal 10 months ago and identified repairs in the building’s garage, according to a letter to the city on Thursday. The building association found a contractor who began repairs under the supervision of an engineer four weeks ago, the letter said. Mercado said they confirmed damage to one of the building’s major support beams this week, causing concern.

Engineers are seeking permission to install “special shoring” to reinforce areas in need of repair. This process takes about 10 days. It was not immediately clear when residents would be able to return to the building, but engineers said they may return after the shoring work is completed.

Under Miami-Dade County ordinances, if a building is “declared unfit for human habitation,” the owner must bear other costs, such as housing and transportation costs. If the owner does not do so immediately, the city will help evacuated residents find a place to stay. Ms Berthier, a spokeswoman for the city, said the city provided accommodation for four families who had been evacuated.

Write to Jennifer Karfus at [email protected]

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