Tag Archives: Surfside

Three Charged In Identity Thefts Of Surfside Victims

Reuters reports: A man and two women were arrested and charged with stealing the identities of seven victims of the Surfside condominium collapse near Miami Beach this summer and attempting to obtain credit cards in their names, a Florida prosecutor said on Wednesday. Betsy Alejandra Cacho-Medina, 30, Kimberly Michelle Johnson, 34, and Rodney Choute, 38, face multiple counts of identity …

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Bidder Offers $120 Million For Surfside Collapse Site

Miami’s ABC News affiliate reports: On June 24, the Champlain Towers South building collapsed, killing 98 people. Officials are still in the early stages of determining the cause of the catastrophe. The town has already received an offer on the property, but what the future holds for this land is in limbo. Some families want to see a memorial where …

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Last Of 98 Surfside Collapse Victims Identified [VIDEO]

Miami’s NBC News affiliate reports: Officials in Miami-Dade County said Monday the last remaining missing person has been accounted for and identified in the Surfside condominium tragedy. Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said all 98 families have been notified regarding the deaths of their loved ones. A total of 242 people are accounted for, the mayor said. Levine Cava said 97 …

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Surfside Collapse Search Ends After Gruesome 29 Days

Miami’s ABC News affiliate reports: After 29 emotionally and physically difficult days of search, rescue, and recovery efforts at the site of the Champlain Towers South condominium collapse, members of two task forces were saluted as they demobilized Friday at noon. “Providing closure to families was the ultimate test of everybody here, and I think we did our best to …

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Another Surfside Condo Evacuated After City Warning

Miami’s NBC News affiliate reports: It’s time to go. Everyone who lives at the Regent Palace condominium saw the destruction at Champlain Towers, less than six blocks away, and they don’t need to be forced out. They’re leaving or they’ve already left, voluntarily. The building was constructed 70 years ago on the beach at 93rd and Collins. The residents hired …

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Mayor: Hacker Stole Identities Of Some Surfside Victims

Miami’s ABC News affiliate reports: Disturbing reports are emerging of a hacker taking advantage of those who were killed in the partial collapse of the Champlain Towers South condominium building in Surfside. Officials said the criminal is seeing the victims’ names in the news and then stealing their identities. Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett told Local 10 News that he is …

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Florida Judge Orders Sale Of Surfside Collapse Site

The Associated Press reports: At a hearing, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Michael Hanzman ordered that the process begin to sell the site of Champlain Towers South, which could fetch $100 million to $110 million according to court records. The court-appointed receiver handling finances related to the condo, attorney Michael Goldberg, said the judge wants the sale to move quickly. Goldberg said …

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Surfside Search Nears End With 95 Bodies Recovered

Miami’s CBS News affiliate reports: Exhausted crews are on day 21, and nearing the end, of their search for victims as the site of the Champlain Towers South collapse in Surfside. The death toll stands at 95. The county’s medical examiner’s office said every individual that was found in the building collapse will have the same cause of death – …

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Surfside Toll Rises To 90, Israeli Search Team Departs

Miami’s CBS News affiliate reports: Search-and-recovery efforts continued uninterrupted at the site of the Champlain Towers South collapse in Surfside into the night and Sunday morning. “Our teams worked tirelessly, as ever, to make progress on the collapse site. Truly, it is a remarkable operation,” Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava Mayor Cava said. “Our team continues to make incredible progress …

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Surfside Cat Found Alive, Reunited With Family [Video]

The Miami Herald reports: Binx, a cat that lived on the ninth floor of Champlain Towers South condo, was found safe two weeks after the building collapsed and has been reunited with its family, an animal rescue organization said. The cat was found near the rubble and was taken Thursday night to Kitty Campus, an organization that cares for community …

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Surfside Deaths Rise To 78, Rubble Mostly Removed

Reuters reports: The confirmed death toll in the collapse of a Miami-area condominium tower increased to 78 on Friday after workers recovered an additional 14 bodies and whittled the rubble down close to ground level, officials said. A total of 62 people remain missing and feared dead in the concrete and steel ruins of the 12-story building in the oceanfront …

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Debate Begins Over Future Of Surfside Collapse Site

Reuters reports: Should the prime beach property in Surfside be turned into a memorial? Or should it be sold for hundreds of millions of dollars to raise money for victims and their kin? Experts in trauma stemming from disasters said it’s crucial that there be some type of physical place where the families of those killed in the June 24 …

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Florida Construction Company Owner And GOP FL Rep Sponsored 2010 Bill Repealing Law On Condo Repairs

Miami’s NBC News affiliate reports: Late last year, after years of delays and disputes, the Champlain Towers South Condominium Association began a desperate search for $16.2 million to fix major structural damage that was slowly threatening the Surfside high-rise — and that may have contributed to the building’s partial collapse June 24. “If the owners would have had a reserve …

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DeSantis Won’t Commit To Action On Aging Buildings

The Miami Herald reports: Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday that condominiums in Florida are “kind of a dime a dozen, particularly in southern Florida,” but he would not commit to any state action to address concerns about the aging buildings, suggesting that Champlain Towers South “had problems from the start.” Speaking after a briefing on Tropical Storm Elsa at the …

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Search For Survivors Ends In Surfside Tower Collapse

The Miami Herald reports: As the 14th day of searching came to a close, families and loved ones were informed during a private briefing that the search and rescue effort for live victims in the rubble that was once Champlain Towers South is coming to an end. Fire authorities said Wednesday there is no longer hope that there are any …

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Surfside Condo Collapse Death Toll Rises To 46 [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: The search for victims of the collapse of a Miami-area high-rise condominium reached its 14th day on Wednesday, as workers uncovered 10 more bodies from the rubble and officials sounded more and more grim about the prospects of finding anyone alive. Miami-Dade Assistant Fire Chief Raide Jadallah broke the discovery of the additional bodies and human …

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Demolition Brings Down Remaining Part Of FL Tower

Miami’s NBC News affiliate reports: The remaining portion of the Champlain Towers South condo building in Surfside was demolished Sunday night. The structure came down at about 10:30 p.m., and before 11:30 p.m., rescuers were given an all-clear to resume their search, according to Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava. Officials had given a window of the demolition occurring between 10 …

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Hurricane Center: Elsa On Path Hit FL Tomorrow Night

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports: Tropical Storm Elsa is on a path to hit southwestern Florida and the Florida Keys by late Monday, though all of South Florida will likely be subjected to rain bands, sustained tropical-storm-force gusts and the potential for a few tornadoes, the National Hurricane Center said. Tropical-storm-force winds are most likely to arrive in the Keys …

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Tower Demolition Team Readies For Monday Implosion

Yesterday it was announced that demolishing the still standing portion of the Surfside tower would take place today. Now they’re saying “Monday at the earliest.” The Miami Herald reports: The demolition company was identified as CDI Controlled Demolition Inc., of Phoenix, Maryland. It is being sub-contracted through BG Group, the Delray Beach demolition company hired by the Florida Department of …

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Surfside Tower Demolition To Take Place Tomorrow

The Associated Press reports: A top Miami-Dade fire official on Saturday told family members of people missing in the rubble of a collapsed condo building that demolition workers planned to bring down the remainder of the building on Sunday. Worries have intensified over the past week that the damaged structure could come tumbling down on its own, endangering the crews …

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