Residents of sister building voluntarily evacuated – Surfside mayor
Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said on Saturday that residents of Champlain Towers South’s sister building, Champlain Towers North, were being evacuated on a voluntary basis.
Speaking to reporters, Burkett said officials had inspected Champlain Towers North and found nothing “out of the ordinary”, but admitted that this review had not been a “deep dive”.
“I have received calls from many residents who were frightened given the fact that the building they live in, Champlain Towers North, is basically the same building as Champlain Towers South,” Burkett said. “It was built at about the same time, it was built by the same developer, it was probably built with the same plans, it was probably bit with the same materials.
“Given that we cannot determine what made Champlain South fall down, it’s understandable they’re nervous.”
He added: “I reached out to [Florida] Senator [Rick] Scott and [Miami-Dade County] Mayor [Daniella Levine] Cava and voiced my concerns and […] the resolution of that was to tell the residents what we knew, give them the option to relocate if they wanted to and basically get in there and do a top-to-bottom forensic study of the building.
“What happened today was out Surfside building official went in to the Champlain Towers North and the Champlain Towers East, which is adjacent, and they did a cursory review of the structure. And to paraphrase my conversation with my building official, he came back and said they didn’t find anything that was out of the ordinary. So that’s reassuring, but that is not a deep dive.”