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Another Apartment Building On a Florida Beach Evacuated Through Cracks

Miami – A summer apartment rental building located in Holmes Beach, on the west coast of Florida, was evicted as a precautionary measure due to the cracks detected in the balconies, local media reported Tuesday.

The tenants of this four-story vacation building located on the beautiful island of Anna Maria, which borders the Gulf of Mexico, were relocated to other apartments, after the property was deemed structurally unsafe.

One of the building’s tenants called the police and said he was concerned about the security of the building, which appeared unsafe as there were cracks in the balconies.

“We notified the companies running it and they voluntarily moved all the vacationers to other properties,” said Holmes Beach Mayor Judy Titsworth.

Holmes Beach authorities said they will review options for a local ordinance regulating engineering inspections, Channel 4 CBS Miami reported.

This is the fourth building to be partially or completely evacuated in Florida since the collapse on June 24 of the 12-story Champlain Towers South residential building in Surfside, located in Miami-Dade County.

The Champlain Towers South crash, in which 97 people died, set off alarms and created great concern about the condition of other apartment buildings erected 40 or more years ago.

Until last weekend, there were 95 bodies identified, with the corresponding notification to the families.

The last body to be identified this Saturday corresponds to Theresa Velasquez, 36, whose body was extracted from the rubble on July 8.

The origin or causes of the collapse have not yet been identified, although there were several previous warnings of major structural damage to the 55-apartment residential tower.

Among the victims, in addition to Americans, there are Argentines, Cubans, Uruguayans, Colombians, Chileans, Venezuelans, Paraguayans and Israelis, among other nationalities.

Everything indicates that the work to recover human remains from the rubble could be coming to an end, with one or a few more classified as missing or “potentially missing”, since it is not known with certainty if they were in the building when it came. under.

The decision to demolish the building in Surfside was made after concerns grew that the damaged structure was at risk of collapsing. (The Associated Press)

The decision to demolish the building in Surfside was made after concerns grew that the damaged structure was at risk of collapsing. (Wilfredo Lee)

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The decision to demolish the building in Surfside was made after concerns grew that the damaged structure was at risk of collapsing. (Lynne Sladky)

The decision to demolish the building in Surfside was made after concerns grew that the damaged structure was at risk of collapsing. (Wilfredo Lee)

The decision to demolish the building in Surfside was made after concerns grew that the damaged structure was at risk of collapsing. (Lynne Sladky)

The decision to demolish the building in Surfside was made after concerns grew that the damaged structure was at risk of collapsing. (Wilfredo Lee)

The building was torn down on Sunday. (The Associated Press)

The building was torn down on Sunday. (The Associated Press)

The building was torn down on Sunday. (The Associated Press)

The cause of the Champlain Towers South building collapse is under federal investigation, and the National Institutes of Standards and Technology and the US Army Corps of Engineers are among the federal agencies currently collecting data for the investigation.

In court, there are at least half a dozen lawsuits filed against the condo association, which has had structural problems since at least 2018, according to an engineering firm.

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