Land swap proposed for Surfside condo collapse property

(Gerald Herbert, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

SURFSIDE, Fla. – A judge has ordered the examination of a proposed land swap to allow for an on-site memorial to the victims of the Surfside beachfront condominium collapse.

Many survivors and victim family members of the Champlain Towers South collapse oppose a memorial at a nearby Miami Beach park.

The proposal envisions a new community center containing a Champlain memorial built on the collapse site.

In exchange, land on which the community center now sits would be sold to provide compensation to survivors and victim family members.

A proposal to purchase the existing Champlain site for about $120 million is still being negotiated.