Surfside commissioners discuss helping with cost of collapse site inspection

SURFSIDE, Fla. – Surfside officials are holding a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday afternoon to discuss contributing to the cost of a court-authorized group inspection of the Champlain Towers South disaster.

The 12-story beachfront condominium building partially collapsed on June 24th amid a need for structural repairs in preparation for the 40-year structural review. The tower was built in 1981.

After nearly a month of searching through pancaked concrete, officials announced 98 died. The tragedy prompted local, state, and federal investigations to determine the cause of the collapse.

Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett will not be voting on the “cost allocation on the inspection protocol” but commissioners will.

In December, the Miami-Dade County Grand Jury recommended recertification inspections be held every decade after construction.

A lawsuit filed in November alleges the vibrations from construction work between 2016 and 2019 at the neighboring Eighty Seven Park in Miami Beach were to blame for the collapse.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has yet to complete the investigation.

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Terrell Forney joined Local 10 News in October 2005 as a general assignment reporter. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, but a desire to escape the harsh winters of the north brought him to South Florida.