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Miami-Dade commissioners begin probe into Surfside condo collapse – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

SURFSIDE, FLA. (WSVN) – Miami-Dade commissioners have begun the lengthy activity of discovering out the reason for the partial condo colllapse in Surfside.

Thursday’s fee meeting included a second of silence for the victims and rescuers within the collapse of Champlain Towers’ South constructing.

Commissioners had been briefed by county, state and federal companies on the entrance traces of the investigation.

County officers vowed they’ll do the whole lot of their energy to forestall one other comparable tragedy from taking place.

In addition to discovering out what occurred, commissioners stated they need to know what may be finished to verify different buildings within the county are secure.

Many commissioners have visited the collapse website and met with the victims.

“It was very hard for me to go to that place,” stated Commissioner Rebeca Sosa.

Commissioners stated the collapse is having far-reaching results throughout Miami-Dade County.

“The level of anxiety that there is and the questions we are getting from our residents is something that concerns me. It’s something that we’re trying to respond to,” stated Commissioner Raquel Regalado.

An necessary a part of that response is discovering out whether or not native constructing codes and legal guidelines must be rewritten to guard everybody residing in condo buildings and high-rises.

Commissioner Javier Souto in contrast the method the fee is going through to what they did after Hurricane Andrew.

“I was part of the efforts that were done here when we changed the codes, the county codes, the building codes, and we did a hell of a job,” he stated. “I was part of it here, in this board, in those days after Hurricane Andrew.”

To at the present time, South Florida has a number of the strictest constructing codes within the nation.

But the primary steps within the Champlain South Tower collapse are simply starting, with the trigger being investigated by native police, in addition to state and federal companies. One of those companies is the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which investigated the World Trade Center collapse.

“In any building collapse, we want to understand how it was designed, how it was constructed, how it was modified, how it was maintained,” stated Judith Mitrani-Reiser.

NIST officers have created a webpage asking for individuals who have pictures, movies or different documentation of the collapsed constructing to add them for investigators to review.

However, officers warned, that review won’t be a fast course of.

“This will be a fact-finding, not fault-finding investigation, and it will take time, possibly several years,” stated Mitrani-Reiser.

Several commissioners expressed concern about transferring too shortly. They stated the investigations needs to be accomplished earlier than making adjustments to native legal guidelines.

“In our passion and our need to react to something that was extraordinary horrific, sometimes we rush to change laws, and we never see whether it was actually the policy,” stated Commissioner Oliver Gilbert III.

In the quick time period, the county has stepped up enforcement of the 40-year inspection course of and is encouraging native cities to do the identical.

Last Friday, tons of of residents had been displaced from the Crestview Towers in North Miami Beach. As enforcement steps up, native leaders stated, the county has a plan to assist anybody evacuated from an unsafe structure.

“We are working with our Office of Emergency Management and the Red Cross to create a process for any future evacuations, if needed,” stated Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava. “We were able to assist those that were evacuated from North Miami Beach.”

Similar efforts are underway in Broward County. During a meeting Wednesday, commissioners had been knowledgeable there are six to eight buildings in Fort Lauderdale with some structural issues. However, no buildings are presently in violation.

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