February 8, 2023

Building collapse scares residents of Miami Beach condominium with ‘unsafe structure’ warning

SURFSIDE, Fla. – The recent ghost Tragedy on the Surface, Some residents of a seafront apartment in South Florida are searching for information about the structural integrity of their condominiums. Residents of a Collins Avenue building with pre-warnings on Miami Beach are horrified by what they found.

The fear began at 8777 Collins Ave., Sampling Towers South, after it became the center of a heartbeat and grief Thursday morning. Some of the residents in the north and east of Sampline Towers decided to leave.

On Monday, many residents of the Maison Grande condominium, an 18-story building with 502 units, said they were concerned about the safety of the building at 6039 Collins Avenue on Miami Beach in 1971. They contain photographs showing corrugated steel and concrete scattering.

Records show that there were five studies that determined the building to be an “unsafe structure.” Building envelope is on the list of concerns. There were also warnings that the two-story parking garage and pool deck had “reached the end of their productive life and needed repair, replacement” or “its addition.”


On November 19, 2020, a city official wrote, “Structure with evidence of concrete scattering. Submit a signed and sealed report [an] Engineer to evaluate the structure with repair methods. “Near an entrance, there is a December 28, 2020 red” insecure structure “violation notice.

Residents of the Collins Avenue buildings are concerned about maintenance issues

On Wednesday, people believed the Sampline Towers South was safe enough to sleep on. The 12-story north portion of the L-shaped building collapsed just before 2 a.m. Thursday. Residents in the adjoining buildings said they woke up loud. Some said their windows were shaking and there was a large white cloud of dust.

Firefighters moved to evacuate stranded survivors waiting on their balconies to board the Cherry Picker. Survivors said it was a slow process. Rescue workers wearing hard hats entered. The dogs began to clear the scattered rubble. Experts came as far as Israel and Argentina.


Search and rescue teams continued the tunnel through a small hill of concrete in hopes of finding survivors on Monday. They have been taking turns searching day and night while facing occasional rain and spontaneous fires. Groups use a crane to carefully remove hazardous metal and concrete. Officers have a warehouse where they keep the recovered items.

The death toll rose as more than 150 were unaccounted for. As the world wonders how this is possible in Florida, hurricanes have forced authorities to raise structural standards, a complex 2018 report has emerged. This shows that engineers reported structural damage south of Sampline Towers. Property owners were willing to contribute their share to projects worth more than $ 9 million.

Officials said the 1981 building is in the process of being renovated, which is required every 40 years, and includes inspecting every part of the residential property. Survivors sued the Champline Towers Southern Condominium Association They blamed negligence when the lack of care led to the decline.


“It simply came to our notice then. People ask me, ‘Where are you going? Where are you going to be? ‘Well, of course I didn’t get a condo on the beach. It’s over, ”he said. Said Steve Rosenthal, A fugitive from Unit 705 who filed a lawsuit against the Sampline Towers South Association.

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Government Ron Desantis said it was going to take time to find out for sure what exactly caused the tragedy. Engineers with national standards and technical institutes are collecting preliminary information to recommend whether or not a federal investigation into the cause of the collapse is needed.


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Representative Debbie Wassmann Schultz said the findings of the NIST investigation and other investigations will allow federal and state lawmakers to make changes to prevent future tragedy. As countless unanswered questions linger, the Miami-Date Police Department is slowly releasing the identities and ages of victims.

Stacey Don Pong, 54, died Thursday as the crew pulled out of the rubble on their way to Aventura Hospital. His 15-year-old son survived as he caught the attention of a neighbor who was near the ruins. The body of the crew was also recovered Antonio Lozano Placeholder Image, 83.


On Friday, crews found the bodies of Lozano’s wife. Gladys Lozano, 79, and Manuel “Manny” Lafont, 54. On Saturday, crews found the bodies of Luis Bermudas, 26, Ana Artis, 46, Marcus Guevara, 52, and Leon Olivekovich, 80. On Sunday, crews found Christina’s body with Beatrice Elvira Olivekovic, 74. On Monday, crews found 55 – year – old Frank Kleinman and 50 – year – old Michael Aldman.

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Local 10 news correspondent Amy Vitteri contributed to the report.

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