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The Surfside Collapse and the Inevitability of Change

By Dana Goldman, Commissioner

(Friday, August 6, 2021) – The Surfside collapse is a tragedy without precedent in our coastal communities. The loss to our neighboring Surfside community is both immense and incalculable. Over time, Surfside will likely be viewed as a watershed moment. It’s a turning point in how we address building inspection, reinspection, maintenance protocols and oversight along multiple lines. While the causation(s) of this collapse remain unidentified, the inquiry into the life safety of our coastal high-rise buildings is in full throttle.

Miami-Dade County and our city have been fully immersed in 40+ year old building inspections. Miami-Dade’s grand jury, the Florida Bar’s Condominium Law and Policy on Life Safety Tax Force and several Florida engineering boards amongst others have been tasked with examining this event, the efficacy of our inspection requirements and procedures, condominium law and association operations, and providing recommendations for legislative and/or regulatory changes.

For many years I have stood for greater transparency and accountability in our condominium associations. Every unit owner should have access to the records of their building condition. Boards should be responsive to their members regarding their building needs. Increased resident awareness and participation is also a cornerstone of condo reform. I will be conducting future condo rights workshops exploring these many issues and welcome your input.

Contact Commissioner Dana Goldman at seat3@sibfl.net or 786.512.6364.