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USA Today: ‘Save lives, not just money’: Surfside collapse grand jury report
calls for reforms, warns of further troubles


MIAMI – A Miami-Dade County grand jury charged with looking into the deadly Florida building collapse said the state must pass sweeping reforms to avoid similar tragedies.

Among the recommendations included in the 43-page report:

  • A county ordinance requiring the recertification of buildings every 10 to 15 years instead of every 40 years, which should be extended statewide.
  • Mandating periodic inspections before recertification inspections are accepted.
  • Removing a provision of the Florida Condominium Act that allows condo boards to waive their obligation to fund reserves for building repairs.
State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle made the following statement regarding this matter.
“There are a lot of reforms here that will unequivocally save lives, not just money,” Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said in a phone interview.
“This would put condo owners, board associations and everyone on notice that if you fail to do the simplest things; hold honest elections, keep minutes, turn over engineering reports it’s potentially a crime and investigators are going to come looking,” Fernandez Rundle said.
This is an excerpt of an article written by Romina Ruiz-Goiriena and Rick Jervis for USA Today. Click here to read the story

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