Building evacuated in Miami due to cracks in balconies

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Building evacuated in Miami due to cracks in balconies
  • Miami building evacuated in Champlain Towers South collapse zone in Surfside.
  • They take precautionary measures for the cracks detected in the balconies.
  • Tenants were relocated to other apartments due to risks.

A summer apartment rental building located in Holmes Beach, on the west coast of Florida, Miami (USA), in the area of ​​the Champlain Towers South collapse in Surfside was evicted as a measure of caution due to the cracks detected in the balconies, local media reported this Tuesday, according to the EFE agency and the news site El País.

The tenants of this four-story vacation building located on the beautiful island of Anna María, which borders the Gulf of Mexico, were relocated to other apartments, after the property was deemed structurally insecure.

CALL FOR HELP

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One of the building’s tenants called the police and said he was concerned about the security of the building, which appeared unsafe as there were cracks in the balconies.

“We notified the companies running it and they voluntarily moved all vacationers to other properties,” said Holmes Beach Mayor Judy Titsworth.

Building in Miami: SEEKING INSPECTIONS

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Holmes Beach authorities said they will review the options for a local ordinance to regulate engineering inspections, reported channel 4 CBS Miami, this to avoid a tragedy like the one that occurred a few weeks ago.

This is the fourth building to be partially or completely evacuated in Florida since the collapse – on June 24 – of the 12-story Champlain Towers South residential building in Surfside, located in Miami-Dade County.

Building in Miami: BACKGROUND

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The Champlain Towers South crash, in which 97 people died, set off alarms and created great concern about the condition of other apartment buildings erected 40 or more years ago, which are now more stringent.

Until last weekend, there were 95 bodies identified, with the corresponding notification to the families, the rescuers have worked for hours and with many inconveniences due to the weather and the insecurity that their work represented.

Building in Miami: THERE WERE WARNINGS

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The last body to be identified this Saturday corresponds to Theresa Velasquez, 36, whose body was extracted from the rubble on July 8, among the deceased there are some minors, women and men.

The origin or causes of the collapse have not yet been identified, although there were several previous warnings of major structural damage in the residential tower of 55 apartments, so now the fear is spreading to other buildings.

SEARCH IS ENDING

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Among the victims, in addition to Americans, there are Argentines, Cubans, Uruguayans, Colombians, Chileans, Venezuelans, Paraguayans and Israelis, among other nationalities, and their stories have been published on different occasions.

Everything indicates that the work to recover human remains from the rubble could be coming to an end, with one or a few more classified as missing or “potentially missing”, since it is not known with certainty if they were in the building when it came. under. Filed Under: Building in Miami

Building in Miami: INVESTIGATE CAUSES

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The cause of the Champlain Towers South building collapse is under federal investigation, and the National Institutes of Standards and Technology and the US Army Corps of Engineers are among the federal agencies currently collecting data for the investigation.

In court, there are at least half a dozen lawsuits filed against the condo association, which has had structural problems since at least 2018, according to an engineering firm.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO ZONE ZERO?

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The wreckage recovery efforts at the site are slowly approaching their end and there is a chance that one more corpse will remain under the rubble. The work will now turn towards determining the causes of the collapse of the condominium building facing the sea.

A judge is also considering the future of the indicated place. Proposals include that the property be sold outright, bought by the government to build a monument, or a combination of the two. Filed Under: Building in Miami

IDENTIFY A WOMAN

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Authorities identified another fatality in the Florida 12-story condo building collapse that killed at least 97 people, police said Saturday.

The Miami-Dade Police Department indicated in a statement that it is Theresa Velásquez, 36, who perished in the collapse at the Champlain Towers South complex that occurred on June 24. His body was recovered on July 8. Velásquez is the 95th victim identified, police said. Filed Under: Building in Miami

WHO WAS SHE?

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Velásquez was an executive with the Los Angeles-based event promotion company Live Nation. She had traveled to Miami to visit her parents at the Surfside condo complex. Both parents also perished in the landslide.

“Theresa was a passionate leader of Live Nation, elevating every project she was involved in, while breaking down barriers for women and the LGBTQIA + community,” the company said in a statement. “We will always remember and honor the impact he had, and he will be greatly missed.” Filed Under: Building in Miami

REFUND APPROVED

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County authorities have managed to account for at least 240 people linked to the building and only a few of them are still considered missing or “potentially not located.” The judge also approved the reimbursement of $ 2.4 million in deposits that some apartment owners in the building had already made as an advance for major repairs of $ 15 million that were to be carried out.

A judge approved the sale of the coastal property on Wednesday and the proceeds will go to disaster victims. At a hearing, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Michael Hanzman ordered the start of the process for the sale of the land where the Champlain Towers South was, in which they could raise from 100 million to 110 million dollars, according to documents in the court. Filed Under: Building in Miami

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