News Update: Surfside, FL: Latest information regarding the partial collapse of the Champlain Towers South condominium building.

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):

Sources: Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department, Miami-Dade Police Department, Florida Emergency Management, Town of Surfside and Mayor of Miami-Dade County (Information):

Surfside, Florida: Here is the latest information regarding the partial collapse of the Champlain Towers South condominium building that occurred on Thursday, June 24th, 2021.

Pictures: Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department (Courtesy)

On Wednesday, July 7th, 2021, after days of search and rescue operations, officials transition to recovery operations.

The cause of the building collapse is under investigation.

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*** Important Notice: ***

Investigators are seeking the assistance of our community in obtaining information from anyone that witnessed the building collapse in Surfside, Florida.

If you have any videos or photos, please call the Surfside Collapse Witness Tip Line at: 1(305) 428-4417 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. ET.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava urges people who have not yet done so report loved ones who are missing or who are accounted for by calling 1(305) 614-1819 or going to the Miami-Dade County website.

*** Website: Miami-Dade County: ***

https://www.miamidade.gov/global/emergency/building-collapse/home.page

Anyone who lives at the Champlain Towers and is safe is asked to complete a Wellness Check form to help the Miami-Dade County keep track of tenants.

*** Wellness Check Form Website: ***

https://cdrmhealth.force.com/sfrs/s/surfside-residents-found

*** Small Business Association: ***

Small Business Association Roberto said if anybody needs our service, please go to the Small Business Association website.

https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance

You can also contact the Small Business Association at: 1 (800) 659-2955.

*** Preparing for Tropical Storms or Hurricanes: ***

Officials from Miami-Dada County encourage everybody in Surfside, Florida and countywide to go the the county’s website for information regarding to preparing for any approaching tropical storms or hurricanes.

https://www.miamidade.gov/global/emergency/hurricane/home.page

*** How To Help: ***

If you would like to help the families effected by the building collapse, you are encourage to visit the following websites to donate or help.

*** Website: Support Surfside: ***

https://supportsurfside.org/

*** Website: Neighbors 4 Neighbors: ***

https://neighbors4neighbors.org/Surfsidefund

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Pictures: WPLG Local 10 and Miami-Dade Police Department (Courtesy):

ZachNews and the community sends our thoughts, prayers and condolences to all of the people affected by this tragic residential condo highrise building collapse, and thank to all of the emergency responders who rushed over to save lives as well as all of the people who are donating and helping the families of the victims. Surfside Strong!

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*** Latest Information: ***

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*** As of 11:00 p.m. PT on Monday, July 26th, 2021: ***

Officials have confirmed the identify of the final victim of the partial building collapse in Surfside, Florida.

This latest confirmation brings the death toll to 98 people.

*** As of 2:58 p.m. PT on Monday, July 26th, 2021: ***

We have identified an additional victim that sadly and unexpectedly lost her life in the tragic Surfside building collapse.

Please keep her family and loved ones in your prayers.

*** As of 1:50 p.m. PT on Monday, July 26th, 2021: ***

Miami-Dade County is having a press conference on Surfside Building Collapse.

*** As of 6:45 p.m. PT on Wednesday, July 21st 2021: ***

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava posted a press release via social media, including on Twitter, the latest information regarding the partial building collapse in Surfside, Florida.

In a press release from the Miami-Dade County, Today, Miami-Dade County released the following update on the Surfside building collapse response and recovery:

Day 28 Surfside update:

97 victims have been identified & 97 families notified. 242 people are accounted for and we believe there is one victim not yet identified.

May God watch over all those who mourn this enormous loss, & over our Surfside community.

Miami-Dade County released the following additional update on the Surfside building collapse response and recovery:

Search and Recovery

Updated numbers: As of the evening of July 21, 97 victims have been identified, including 96 victims recovered from the collapse and one victim who passed away in the hospital, and 97 families have been notified. 242 people are accounted for. We believe there is one victim not yet identified.

At this step in the recovery process it has become increasingly challenging to identify victims, and we are relying heavily on the work of the medical examiner’s office and the scientific, technical process of identifying human remains. This work becomes more difficult with the passage of time although our teams are working as hard and as fast as they can.

Mayor Daniella Levine Cava also shared the following statement related to ongoing search and recovery efforts:

“Thanks to the diligent and incredibly thorough work of our first responders and debris handling teams, the building collapse site has been mostly cleared and debris relocated to the evidentiary debris collection site near the airport. The first responders are now conducting additional searches of the debris at the collection site, as we continue to do everything we can to search as thoroughly as possible for any remains to bring closure to families. We are continuing to search with enormous care and diligence and to work closely hand-in-hand with faith leaders as we have since the beginning of this process.

In collapses like this one it is unfortunately very difficult to recover all the remains. Some of the factors that impeded the search work against us, like fire and water. The enormous pressure of the weight of the collapse and the passage of time also make it more challenging. Our teams are committed to doing everything possible to bring closure to the families, and that’s why they continue to search the debris.”

Teams are also continuing to recover personal property and religious artifacts and are following careful collection and tagging protocols. Our Property and Evidence Section is working around the clock to ensure all recovered personal property and family heirlooms are treated with the utmost respect, and with great consideration for faith traditions when we recover items of religious significance.

Family Assistance and Resources

272 unique families have now received services through the Family Assistance Center.

As our community begins the difficult process of healing from the Surfside collapse, mental health resources are available for families, survivors, and first responder. Miami-Dade County encourages anyone in need of mental health resources to call 211 for free crisis counseling and referral services.

In case you miss it, read Jewish Community Services President and CEO Miriam Singer and Thriving Mind President and CEO John W. Newcomer’s op/ed in the Miami Herald.

View Miami Herald News Article:

https://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/op-ed/article252899108.html

View Press Release:

https://www.miamidade.gov/releases/2021-07-21-mayor-surfside-update-evening.asp

*** As of 6:30 p.m. PT on Wednesday, July 21st 2021: ***

The Miami-Dade Police Department has announced we have identified an additional victim that sadly and unexpectedly lost her life in the tragic Surfside building collapse.

Please keep her family and loved ones in your prayers.

*** As of 3:13 p.m. PT on Wednesday, July 21st 2021: ***

The Miami-Dade Police Department has following video above today.

So many have humbly united to ensure loved ones receive the closure they deserve.

The task at hand is monumental and we are determined, as one!

The diligent work continues.

*** As of 2:24 p.m. PT on Wednesday, July 21st 2021: ***

The Miami-Dade Police Department has announced we have identified an additional victim that sadly and unexpectedly lost her life in the tragic Surfside building collapse.

Please keep her family and loved ones in your prayers.

*** As of 5:15 p.m. PT on Saturday, July 17th, 2021: ***

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava posted a press release via social media, including on Twitter, the latest information regarding the partial building collapse in Surfside, Florida.

In a press release from the Miami-Dade County, Today, Miami-Dade County released the following update on the Surfside building collapse response and recovery:

Search and Recovery

As of today, July 17th, 2021, 95 victims have been identified and 95 families have been notified. 241 people are accounted for; 97 missing persons reports were opened with the Miami-Dade Police Department.

At this step in the recovery process it has become increasingly difficult to identify victims, and we are relying heavily on the work of the medical examiner’s office and the scientific, technical process of identifying human remains. This work becomes more difficult with the passage of time although our teams are working as hard and as fast as they can.

Out of respect for the families who are still waiting and to ensure we are reporting the most accurate possible numbers, we will only be reporting the number of victims who have been identified.

View Press Release:

https://www.miamidade.gov/releases/2021-07-17-mayor-surfside-update.asp

*** As of 9:57 a.m. PT on Saturday, July 17th, 2021: ***

The Miami-Dade Police Department has announced we have identified an additional victim that sadly and unexpectedly lost her life in the tragic Surfside building collapse.

Please keep her family and loved ones in your prayers.

 

*** As of 2:31 p.m. PT on Friday, July 16th, 2021: ***

The Miami-Dade Police Department has announced we have identified an additional victim that sadly and unexpectedly lost his life in the tragic Surfside building collapse.

Please keep their families and loved ones in your prayers.

*** As of 12:48 p.m. PT on Friday, July 16th, 2021: ***

The Miami-Dade Police Department has announced a Traffic Reminder; Collins Ave from 83rd to 90th Street remains closed.

Traffic going northbound on Collins Ave will be diverted to Harding Ave from 83rd to 90th Street.

Continue to expect traffic delays in the area.

*** As of 9:11 a.m. PT on Friday, July 16th, 2021: ***

The Miami-Dade Police Department has announced we have identified an additional victim that sadly and unexpectedly lost her life in the tragic Surfside building collapse.

Please keep their families and loved ones in your prayers.

 

*** As of 7:23 p.m. PT on Thursday, July 15th, 2021: ***

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava has posted via social media, including on Twitter and Facebook, a press release from Miami-Dade County with the latest information regarding the partial building collapse in Surfside, Florida.

Press Release: 7-15-2021: Today, Miami-Dade County released the following update on the Surfside building collapse response and recovery:

– Search and recovery:

The teams continue making progress on search and recovery – over 26 million pounds of debris and concrete have now been removed.

As of today, July 15, 92 victims have been identified and 92 families have been notified. 240 people are accounted for; 97 missing persons reports were opened with the Miami-Dade Police Department.

At this step in the recovery process it has become increasingly difficult to identify victims, and we are relying heavily on the work of the medical examiner’s office and the scientific, technical process of identifying human remains. This work becomes more difficult with the passage of time although our teams are working as hard and as fast as they can.

Moving forward, out of respect for the families who are still waiting and to ensure we are reporting the most accurate possible numbers, we will only be reporting the number of victims who have been identified.

– Family Assistance and Resources:

19 families were served today at the Family Assistance Center (FAC); 21 agencies were active at the center, and 243 unique families have received services through the FAC in total.

Today, we also began offering COVID testing at the FAC, and 30 provider representatives and family members were tested.

We continue to receive applications for unmet needs through the online portal created to support families, Surfside Assistance.

– Investigation:

The investigation into what caused the collapse of the Surfside condominium is being conducted by the National Institutes of Standards and Technology – the federal agency authorized to conduct technical investigations of building failures, issue reports and make recommendations to improve building codes and standards – with the assistance of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. We have a large team of engineers and other forensic experts from NIST and other federal agencies on site performing extensive testing, measurements, photographing and 3D imaging, and collection and tagging of evidentiary materials, to collect as much data as possible to support the full investigation.

View Press Release:

https://www.miamidade.gov/releases/2021-07-15-mayor-surfside-update.asp

 

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*** As of 5:03 p.m. PT on Thursday, July 15th, 2021: ***

The Miami-Dade Police Department has announced we have identified two additional victims that sadly and unexpectedly lost their lives in the tragic Surfside building collapse.

Please keep their families and loved ones in your prayers.

 

 

*** As of 6:15 p.m. PT on Wednesday, July 14th, 2021: ***

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava posted via social media, including on Twitter, the latest information regarding the partial building collapse in Surfside, Florida.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava tweeted on Twitter, “It’s day 21 and our search and recovery efforts continue in Surfside. The total number of confirmed deaths is now 97 – a staggering, heartbreaking loss of life. 90 have been identified and 88 families have been notified. Please continue to keep all those who mourn in your hearts and prayers.”

A reminder, as of Tuesday, July 13th, 2021, there are no more in person news briefings unless if need to, and all updated information will be provided via social media.

*** As of 10:31 a.m. PT on Wednesday, July 14th, 2021: ***

The Miami-Dade Police Department has announced we have identified an additional victim that sadly and unexpectedly lost his life in the tragic Surfside building collapse.

Please keep his family and loved ones in your prayers.

 

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*** As of 10:28 a.m. PT on Tuesday, July 13th, 2021: ***

The Miami-Dade Police Department has announced we have identified five additional victims who tragically lost their lives in the Surfside building collapse, including our youngest identified victim.

Please keep their families and loved ones in your prayers in this unimaginably difficult time.

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*** As of 7:00 a.m. PT on Tuesday, July 13th, 2021: ***

Press conference happening now.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said search and recovery efforts continuing.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava confirmed the total of deaths to 95; with 85 have been identified and 85 next of kin notifications.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava confirmed 238 are accounted for and 14 remain potentially unaccounted for.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said that “I want to stress this is truly fluid. We can only account for a missing person who may be deceased once the identification is made. So, that list of 14 includes 12 where missing person reports were filed with the police department and two other reports that detectives are continuing to try to verify.”

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said that “At this step in the recovery process, we’re relying heavily on the work of the medical examiner’s office. It’s a scientific, methodical process to identify human remains. This work is becoming more difficult with the passage of time. Although our teams are working as hard as they can, it takes time.”

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said that more than 18 million pounds of concrete and debris have been removed by 892 trucks since when the partial building collapse.

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett said the work is so delicate that we’re even finding unbroken wine bottles because of the information families have provided, search teams often know what to look for in specific parts of the pile.

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett then held up a photo of a ring that was found in the wreckage where searchers believed it would be, and later said “They’re expecting to find these things. And in this case, they did.”

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett said they are starting to discuss plans for a memorial at the site.

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett said some families say they would like to see a condo built on part of the property and move back in, other families are against that idea.

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett said that more discussions on the memorial will be held before any decisions are made.

Officials informing the news media and public during the Tuesday morning media briefing that this will be the last in person media briefing regarding the partial building collapse in Surfside, Florida, and updates will be provided on social media.

 

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*** As of 11:31 a.m. PT on Monday, July 12th, 2021: ***

The Miami-Dade Police Department has announced we have identified nine additional victims that sadly and unexpectedly lost their lives in the tragic Surfside building collapse.

Please keep their families and loved ones in your prayers.

 

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*** As of 7:00 a.m. PT on Monday, July 12th, 2021: ***

Press conference happening now.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said it’s Day 19; search and recovery efforts continuing with brief interruptions due to lightning.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said the weather service is keeping us updated when it’s clear for crews to continue safely.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava confirmed additional victims recovered (no exact number mentioned); bring total of deaths to 94; with 83 have been identified and 80 next of kin notifications.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava confirmed 222 are accounted for and 22 are potentially unaccounted for.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said the Family Assistance Center continues to operate, serving 207 families with 20 agencies on site, and we have launched an online portal for families to easy access services such as financial mental health services.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said our Small Business Association have received 72 applications; with 43 applicants are businesses and 29 applicants are home owners and renters assistance.

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett spoke about the significant of the site and what it means to the families.

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett said he’s discussing what to do to the site for the families, and because it’s a holy site to the families, we are tightening security on the site and only authorized personnel will be allowed to enter.

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett said the has become more than a collapse site, it’s a holy site.

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett said talking with overnight team, and finding out crews are going through rubble carefully, respectfully preserving personal belongings that have been found in the rubble of the collapse building.

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett said crews have made continued to make progress on the pile, with some of the areas are down to the parking lot area where vehicles are found in the garage area and those vehicles are in terribly damaged; show the impact of the collapse in those area.

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett said the recovery search continues until everybody has been pulled out.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava confirmed unfortunately Chairman of the Commission Jose “Pepe” Diaz and his Chief of Staff both tested positive for COVID-19 although they were both vaccinated, and in abundance of caution those of us who around are in close proximity were tested; using rapid and longer term testing, been fully tested and tests came out negative.

Miami-Dade Police Department Director Alfredo “Freddy” Ramirez said the security measure being stepped up around the building collapse site are being done just as proactive measures.

When asked if there is a timeline on winding down operations, Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said we cannot put an outside date on it; somewhere in the windows of 14 to 21 days on the shorter side of that, and we are making great progress on the pile, but know exact date.

 

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*** As of 8:50 a.m. PT on Sunday, July 11th, 2021: ***

The Miami-Dade Police Department has announced we have identified ten additional victims who tragically and unexpectedly lost their lives in the Surfside building collapse, including three young children.

Please keep their families and loved ones in your prayers.

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*** As of 7:30 a.m. PT on Sunday, July 11th, 2021: ***

News conference happened.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said search and recovery efforts continue uninterrupted throughout the night and morning as out teams work tirelessly as ever to make progress on the collapse site truly it is a remarkable operation.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava continued saying our team continues to make incredible progress delayering the pile and we’re working to bring closure to the families quickly as we possibly can, and we have now recovered 14 million pounds of concrete and debris.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava then confirmed that through our search and recovery, we have recovered additional victims (no precise number mentioned) since the last news conference Saturday, bringing the total of confirmed deaths to 90.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said we have been able to make identifications as the police and the medical examiner worked tirelessly to identify the victims and to notify next of kin in person immediately once identification are made.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava confirmed 71 of the 90 victims have been identified and their next of kin notified.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said our hearts and minds are always with those we have lost and with the families who are grieving and those families who are still waiting.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava then said our detectives are continuing to make progress in their audit; diligent effort of researching and verifying every report on the unaccounted list, and working with the families to open missing person police reports, and as of result we have continued to move report from the unaccounted for to the accounted for list.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava confirmed 217 people are now counted for and 31 people are potentially unaccounted for.

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*** As of 8:07 a.m. PT on Saturday, July 10th, 2021: ***

The Miami-Dade Police Department has announced we have identified ten additional victims who tragically and unexpectedly lost their lives in the Surfside building collapse.

Please keep their families and loved ones in your prayers.

 

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*** As of 7:00 a.m. PT on Saturday, July 10th, 2021: ***

Press conference happening now.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said search and recovery efforts continued throughout the night and do the day to make progress at on the site with one sure purpose, to to bring closure to the families who are waiting for news of the loved ones.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said we did force to pause briefly at around 7:00 a.m. ET due to lightning strikes, but work resumed within an hour.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said that we do expect bad weather throughout the day but our recovery efforts will continue despite the rain as they always do as long as it’s safe for the responders.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava confirmed additional bodies recovered; bring total of deaths to 86; 62 have been identified and 61 have been next of kin notifications have been made.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said we continue to audit the numbers of accountant and unaccounted for, by cross-referencing names from the United States Postal Service, driver’s license, building roster and more so to get an accurate account of who is unaccounted for.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava confirmed 211 are accounted for and 43 are potentially unaccounted for.

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett said I spent a good amount of time this morning at the site of the building collapse, and the progress there has been intense much of the original pile is at ground level or below.

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett said the intense pace is however a huge amount of dust despite the significant amount of rain down poured that has now just stopped but will probably continue.

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett said there are two different operations underway at the site; one at the original collapse site working very carefully to recover victims and the other at the most recently collapsed remaining building (the building that was demolition) to quickly remove the rubble; it’s astounding the pace their work in getting that rubble out of there

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett said given the current pace it is likely this site will be cleared lot sooner than many expected at least two it pertains to the area in where the remaining building was demolished

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett said well we continue to support the families with every resource we have including financial resources through SupportSurfside.org, I want to announce that I am working to put together a fund for downtown businesses who have been shut down during the entire time this tragedy has been unfolding; not only that they were shut down but well they were shut down they were making and delivering food to all of the support teams, search and rescue teams and others.

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett said given their generosity and their compassion I feel it is my duty to do whatever I can to help them get through this difficult time – which is only compounded with the distress they went through during last year’s COVID-19 epidemic.

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett said I can send some beautiful and loving items personally, supporting the family impacted by this catastrophe, I personally delivered those items to the memorial wall – which will be incorporated into that wall.

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett gave thanks to everybody around the world for your support and all the prayers; it really meant a lot to us, the Town of Surfside and all of the other teams who have been working with the Town of Surfside in bringing these people out of the rubble and reunite them with their families – thank you.

 

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*** As of 5:03 p.m. PT on Friday, July 9th, 2021: ***

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava posted on social media that after 16 long and incredibly difficult days, I’m able to share a small piece of good news — Binx from Champlain Towers South has been found.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart and on behalf of our community to the team who played a role in reuniting him with his family.

 

 

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*** As of 3:05 p.m. PT on Friday, July 9th, 2021: ***

The Miami-Dade Police Department has announced we have identified four additional victims that sadly and unexpectedly lost their lives in the tragic Surfside building collapse.

Please keep their families and loved ones in your prayers.

 

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*** As of 2:30 p.m. PT on Friday, July 9th, 2021: ***

 

 

Press conference happening now.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said recovery efforts continues full steam.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava confirmed 1 body recovered; bring total of deaths to 79 deaths; 53 have been identified and 51 have next of kin notifications; 200 are accounted for and 61 are potentially unaccounted for.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava confirmed good news a cat on the 9th Floor was found and was reunited with the family.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said to the news media that their press conferences will be changing to ones a day, starting at 10:00 a.m. ET (7:00 a.m. PT).

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett said today was with crews looking into the North building; engineer was on site taking pictures of the structure of the building and taking samples of the concrete and comparing the materials to the South checking for anything to raise concerns.

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett thanked the search and rescue crews as they make amazing progress on the pile; the pile is dramatically being reduced.

Small Business Association Roberto said that as of last night, we had 68 applications; and of those, 40 business serviced and of those 16 applied to economic injury loan, and 20 of those were rentals; we are slowly but surely helping them all.

Small Business Association Roberto said he and their team spoke to local businesses today, and they said they’re happy to see their stress open, and ask everybody to come and visit Surfside.

 

 

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*** As of 8:00 a.m. PT on Friday, July 9th, 2021: ***

 

Press conference happening now.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said the recovery efforts continues today.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava confirmed 14 bodies recovered; bring total of deaths to 78 deaths; 200 are accounted for and 62 are potentially unaccounted for.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said crews have removed 13 millions pounds of concrete from the site.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said 200 pieces of evidence have been collected and will be analyzed.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said today we have the deputy medical examiner is on site.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava added later saying we have always been staff from the medical examiner office on site.

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett said the pile was 5 stories is now is at ground level, with some areas below ground level.

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett said belongings recovered from the site are being collected and tagged, and are bring protected 24 hours a day.

When asked about reports of injures to crews on the pile including an individual being struck by heavy machinery, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Alen R. Comiskey said over the past 24 hours we have two individuals who got injured; one was when was cardiac in nature, and was transported to the hospital and is in stable condition; and the other individual was a task force member received a laceration but is stable and is alright as well.

When asked about an officer being struck by heavy machinery, Miami-Dade Police Department Director Alfredo “Freddy” Ramirez said that yes unfortunately one of our officers had his foot ran over at one of the traffic post, he was transported to the hospital, I spoke to him yesterday right after it happened and spoke to him last night and his wife; they are in good spirits, he’s just frustrated that he can’t be here to contribute.

Miami-Dade Police Department Director Alfredo “Freddy” Ramirez then said that we have all our support with him, and ask for everybody to pray for him and his family that everything will be okay, but you know everybody here is working very hard.

Miami-Dade Police Department Director Alfredo “Freddy” Ramirez clarified that it wasn’t heavy equipment, it was a vehicle; it was a truck.

Miami-Dade Police Department Director Alfredo “Freddy” Ramirez said we have a strong systematic approach on how we notify the families; our homicide detectives notify the families in person as soon as we get an identification on a victim.

 

 

 

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*** As of 3:38 p.m. PT on Thursday, July 8th, 2021: ***

The Miami-Dade Police Department has announced we have identified five additional victims that sadly and unexpectedly lost their lives in the tragic Surfside building collapse.

Please keep their families and loved ones in your prayers.

 

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*** As of 2:30 p.m. PT on Thursday, July 8th, 2021: ***

Press conference happening now.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava confirmed 4 bodies recovered; bring total of deaths to 64 deaths, 40 identified and 39 next of kin notification; 200 are accounted for and 76 are potentially unaccounted for.

 

 

 

 

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*** As of 7:00 a.m. PT on Thursday, July 8th, 2021: ***

Press conference happening now.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava confirmed bodies recovered; bring total of deaths to 60 deaths, 35 identified and 34 next of kin notification; 200 are accounted for and 80 are potentially unaccounted for.

 

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*** As of 3:00 p.m. PT on Wednesday, July 7th, 2021: ***

Press conference happening now.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava confirmed 8 bodies recovered; bring total of deaths to 54 deaths; 200 are accounted for and 86 are potentially unaccounted for.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava later confirmed transition from operation search and rescue to recovery.

“It is with deep profound sadness that this afternoon I am able to share that we made the difficult decision to transition from operation search and rescue to recovery,” said Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said it’s now been exactly two weeks since collapse; for 14 days our search and rescue team from around the state, country and world have been digging through this collapse.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava continued saying that crews used every available strategy and every piece of technology available to them to find people through the rubble; they remove 7 million pounds of concrete and debris from the mound; they use sonar, cameras, dogs, heavy machinery; they search for void spaces for victims; they ran towards a building that could have collapse, and they braved fire, smoke, torrential rain and strong winds in the hopes of finding people alive.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava also said that we demolished the standing building in just days to extend access to the full collapse site.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said our top priority throughout this operation since day one has been to do everything possible – everything humanly possible – and to explore ever single portion of the collapse grid in search of survivors.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said I could not be prouder of our extraordinary team; the man and woman from here at home and from around the world who given this search everything they had – day in and day out; man and woman whose own lives are driven by a single purpose – to save the lives of others.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said that at this point we have truly exhausted every option available to us, and the search and rescue mission.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava continued saying so today is about beginning of the transition to recovery so we can help to bring closure to the families who have been suffering, waiting for news.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said nothing we can do to bring back those we have lost, but we can and will do everything in our power possible to identify all of the victims and to offer closure to the families in this time of unimaginable grief.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said to share this news to the families this evening who are still missing their loved ones was devastating, and it’s also difficult to share it with all of you (News Media).

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava continued saying so many who have been watching around the world – who’ve joined their prayers to ours – held out hope as we had hope in our hearts and in quiet moments hoping for a miracle; we have all ask God for a miracle.

 

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*** As of 8:00 p.m. PT on Wednesday, July 7th, 2021: ***

Press conference happened now.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said search and rescue continues, and continued to make progress in the areas unable to access before the demolition of the remaining structure.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said during the recent search and rescue operations, no injures occurred; during the search and rescue efforts conducted during the tropical storm Elsa.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said confirmed ten additional bodies recovered; bring total of deaths to 46, of those 32 have been identified; 200 are accounted for and 94 are “potential” unaccounted for.

 

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*** As of 3:24 p.m. PT on Tuesday, July 6th, 2021: ***

The Miami Dade Fire Rescue Department have announced that they have identified three additional victims that sadly and unexpectedly lost their lives in the tragic Surfside building collapse.

Please keep their families and loved ones in your prayers.

 

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*** As of 2:30 p.m. PT on Tuesday, July 6th, 2021: ***

Press conference happening now.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said search and rescue continued their operation today, but were forced to pause for about two hours earlier this afternoon because of lightning and some gusts of wind that went above 30 miles per hour.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said the pause is required by law, and the lightning and gusty winds were from the approach of Tropical Storm Elsa.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said afterwards, crews return to searching the rubble.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said to protect the safety of our first responders a meteorologist has been embedded in the team, staying with them on the rubble mound to provide any weather updates and to make sure crews are safe.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said confirmed four additional bodies recovered; bring total of deaths to 36, of those 29 have been identified; 191 are accounted for and 109 are “potential” unaccounted for.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said includes partial or incompleted information, even a phone number to follow up who reported that person missing; but our detectives are investigating each of these of those reported unaccountable.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said the Family Assistance Center has provided services to 178 families, and the Family Assistance Center has 24 agencies there serving families, including FEMA helping with rent assistance.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said thanks to the generous donations, including from the Support Surfside fund, $2,500 to $5,000 for larger families has been distribute for immediate assistance to families of the building collapse.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said that earlier this afternoon, United States President Joe Biden called her to check in on the community and to ensure that the federal government is continuing to do everything that it can to provide needed support.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said news media will be visiting the site at 6:00 p.m. ET.

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett thanked the incredible firefighters who ran to help safe lives, even running into the damage of the remaining building possibly collapsing.

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett announced he has drafted a letter advising all of Surfside’s oceanfront condo boards and building owners of the steps that the city’s expert engineer and building official believe should be taken as a “minimum stopgap measure” to provide residents with a basic level of confidence that their building is not obviously unsafe.

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett said the letter is set to go out as soon as Wednesday, July 7th, 2021.

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett then said this is clearly only an interim step until we get the final results from NIST, which may not be known for quite a while.

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett added that the Town of Surfside is committed to doing everything it can to ensure the safety and peace of mind of its residents and we are grateful to our county, state, and federal partners for all their amazing support.

Small Business Association Roberto said as of yesterday, we’ve open up a business assistance center at 95 Street at and Collins Street in the parking lot to help assisting families and businesses.

Small Business Association Roberto said as of yesterday, we’ve open up a business assistance center at 95 Street at and Collins Street in the parking lot to help assisting families and businesses.

Small Business Association Roberto said as of last night, we received 41 applications, with 13 applicants from small businesses, includes property owner, rental and restaurants, 16 homes and 12 filing for economical injury loan.

Small Business Association Roberto said if anybody needs our service, please go to the Small Business Association website.

*** Website: Small Business Association: ***

https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance

You can also contact the Small Business Association at: 1 (800) 659-2955.

Small Business Association Roberto said we’re just a click away to provide assistance – here to help you on your road to recovery.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said the debris from the building collapse is being gathered at the Surfside collapse site is “all evidentiary debris,” and It is being sorted on site, and any objects that can be distinguished are put in certain bins and labeled as to their exact location.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava also said the debris is then taken to a site for additional sorting, and Miami-Dade County has a warehouse where the debris will be stored in Miami-Dade Police custody until the county has the time to complete an investigation.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava also said that the families are not reviewing what’s come out of the site at this time, but we have photographs, they have their information, and as we move forward, we’ll be attempting to do matching and releasing it to them as soon as we can, given the active investigation.

Miami-Dade Police Department Director Alfredo “Freddy” Ramirez said that we are securing the site and we are cataloguing and documenting all evidence being sorted and brought to that site for future reviewing as the investigation progresses.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said the debris is in the custody of the Miami-Dade Police Department.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said the County has created a form for family members to document their belongings, which will be an active part of the investigation.

When asked if this is a criminal investigation, Miami-Dade Police Department Director Alfredo “Freddy” Ramirez said this is an active investigation and we continue to collect evidence, but the main focus now is the search.

When asked if the demolition help in the search efforts, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Alen R. Comiskey said it made a significant impact; we have access to areas we couldn’t access.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Alen R. Comiskey also said that we have renew spirit in our search, especially with that remaining building removed, to access areas we were unable to before.

 

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*** As of 7:00 a.m. PT on Tuesday, July 6th, 2021: ***

 

Press conference happening now.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said active search and rescue continues through the rain, only pausing for 30 minutes due to lightning which is required by law.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said confirmed four additional bodies recovered; bring total of deaths to 32, of those 26 have been identified; 191 are accounted for and 113 are “potential” unaccounted for.

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett said work continues, winds are hampering with the cranes at the sites moving debris.

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett said crews are determined to keep working until everybody has been pulled out.

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett said we are checking the Champlain Towers East building; we have deep concerns on that building, and are working with the codon board to look at the structure and ground what may be happen.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Alen R. Comiskey said search efforts continues, we did had one stop at approximately 1:00 a.m. ET, and are searching all grids of the pile.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Alen R. Comiskey said crews have removed 145 tons of debris, that is 500 million pounds of debris removed.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Alen R. Comiskey said we still have our federal taskforces from Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and New Jersey as well as Florida Taskforce 1 and 2; working around the clock.

When asked how many personnel that are working on the pile, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Alen R. Comiskey said we have 200 firefighters working on the pile.

When asked about if there has been any problems with flooding, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Alen R. Comiskey said there were issues with water in parking garage from fighting the earlier fire as well as the rain, but it’s good now as water was pumped out and cleared.

When asked how close are you to finding out a cause of the building collapse, Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said we’re very early in the investigation to name any sources, but everything is under review.

When asked if there is any signs of life during the search and rescue efforts days after the building collapse, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Alen R. Comiskey said not seeing anything positive, were not coming by any more spaces or open crevices where life might be.

When asked when would the search and rescue efforts change over to recovery, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Alen R. Comiskey said we are looking into it.

When asked if there has been any injures from rescuers during the search and rescue operations, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Alen R. Comiskey said no significant injury to report but the some hydration issues, but crews are working full speed at 110 percent.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said that families who are waiting word on their loved ones are preparing themselves for if they receive bad news, and they will know when it happens.

 

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*** As of 6:13 p.m. PT on Monday, July 5th, 2021: ***

The Miami-Dade Police Department posted on social media a traffic alert, saying that effective immediately Harding Ave will be open to north and southbound traffic.

Traffic going northbound on Collins will be diverted to Harding from 83rd to 90th Street.

Collins Ave from 83rd to 90th Street remains closed.

Motorists should expect traffic delays in the area.

 

 

 

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*** As of 4:02 p.m. PT on Monday, July 5th, 2021: ***

The Miami Dade Fire Rescue Department posted this video on social media, saying that despite the arrival of inclement weather due to Tropical Storm Elsa, first responders continue working on the debris pile of the Champlain Towers building collapse in Surfside.

 

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*** As of 3:30 p.m. PT on Monday, July 5th, 2021: ***

Press conference happening now.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said that search crews are able to access all sections of the grid now that the remaining structure is down and no longer a safety issue.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said that teams have removed more than 4.8 million pounds from the pile.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava confirmed 1 body victim recovered; bring total of deaths to 28 deaths with 26 identified; 191 are accounted for and 117 are unaccounted for.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said our first responders are continuing the mission under many difficulties including weather delays.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said lightning has caused multiple pauses in the search efforts since they resumed early morning on Monday.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava stressed that crews did everything in their power to make sure there were no pets left inside, including by conducting multiple sweeps of the building and searching under beds and in closets.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava also said that crews used ladders, cranes and placed live animal traps on balconies at great personal risk to our first responders.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said thanks to the news media how your reporting, how it has effected you; thank you for sharing the humanity of people and the stories of the families.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Alen R. Comiskey said that after demolition, technicians went in and deemed it safe, and crews began clearing the new debris so rescuers could start making their way into parts of an underground garage of particular interest in the searching for victims.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Alen R. Comiskey said that now we’re able to focus on the entire site, starting to reach into that debris pile that we weren’t able to and hopefully bring some good news or at least some closure to this community.

 

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*** As of 10:02 a.m. PT on Monday, July 5th, 2021: ***

The Miami-Dade Police Department have identified two additional victims that sadly and unexpectedly lost their lives in the tragic building collapse in Surfside, Florida.

Please keep their families and loved ones in your prayers.

 

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*** As of 8:30 a.m. PT on Monday, July 5th, 2021: ***

Press conference happening now.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said the pile that crews couldn’t search before was holding the remaining portion of the building up, so that’s part of the reason, along with the tropical storm, that officials knew the building needed to be demolished.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said after the demolition, at around 12:00 a.m. PT, work begin on the pile, and by 1:00 a.m. ET, we were in full work mod in our search operations.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said, “As soon as the building is down and once the site is deemed secure, we will have our first responders back on the pile to immediately resume their work.”

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava confirmed 3 bodies recovered overnight; bring total of deaths to 27 deaths; 191 are accounted for and 118 are unaccounted for.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said to please join me in praying for those who lost their lives and the families who mourn and for all of those who are still waiting.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said we truly went to great risk to search for their pets prior to the demolition, including entering the remaining structure checking rooms, and using traps, drones and placing food to try to get pets out of areas our rescuers couldn’t access because it was unsafe.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said we’re coming to monitor Tropical Storm Elsa and expect to receive some heavy rain and some winds throughout today and tomorrow.

National Weather Service Robert tracking Tropical Storm Elsa along west coast of Florida, we may get intermission of heavy rain.

Miami-Dade Deputy Incident Commander Charles Cyrille said avoid unnecessary during the Tropical Storm Elsa.

 

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*** As of 7:00 p.m. PT on Saturday, July 4th, 2021: ***

From WPLG Local 10:

WATCH LIVE: Remaining structure at Champlain Towers South site scheduled for demolition between 10pm and 3am.

Video courtesy of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.

 

 

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*** As of 5:00 p.m. PT on Sunday, July 4th, 2021: ***

The Miami-Dade Police Department has announced the demolition of Champlain Towers South will take place tonight between 10:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. ET.

We urge residents who live in the Shelter in Place Zone – between 86th St and 89th St and Abbott Ave and the shoreline – to stay indoors effective immediately.

Dust is an unpreventable byproduct of all types of demolition. As a precautionary measure, we recommend you close all windows, doors and air intakes, cover any other openings that might allow dust to enter your apartment, house or building, and turn your A/C on re-circulate.

At the end of the press conference moments ago, a county representative told the news media that they are working with technical team and WPLG to link up a live feed of the demolition.

 

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*** As of 4:00 p.m. PT on Sunday, July 4th, 2021: ***

Press conference happening now.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava confirmed the demolition will occur tonight between 10:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. ET (7:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. PT).

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava confirmed residents are told to “Shelter In Place” during the demolition;
from 7:00 p.m. ET until two hours after the demolition.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said the demolition that will be conducted tonight is known as “energetic felling” that will bring the building down within a small footprint.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava asked to please close all windows, cover all openings and turn off air conditioners.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava spoke about the concerns of pets bringing still inside the remaining building.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said rescue crews conducted three full sweeps to seek any pets, they used live traps to try to capture any pets and used drones to search for any pets, but deeply sad to said no new pets from the building.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said due to the paused of search operations, there are no changes in the numbers, and soon as the building is down and the area secured, our first responders will continue the search operations.

The deaths total remains at 24 deaths; 191 are accounted for and 121 are unaccounted for.

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (United States Representative for Florida’s 23rd District) said that usually demolitions are a spectacle but not this demolition; please keep in mind what these families have gone through not only from the initial collapse but now the demolition of the remaining structure; this is a sad affair.

When asked what is the timeline after demolition to when to being the search operations again, Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said very shortly after, and we are staying by to go in when we get the go ahead.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said we have been working with CDI demolition on bringing down the remaining structure, and have been told the process was explained and the remaining structure will fall in the perimeter that’s been outlined.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said there have been no suggestion of evacuations to surrounding buildings.

Miami-Dade Police Department Director Alfredo “Freddy” Ramirez said our officers are there around the perimeter to keep the public safe and secure.

At the end of the press conference, an county representative told the news media that they are working with technical team and WPLG to link up a live feed of the demolition.

 

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*** As of 2:28 p.m. PT on Sunday, July 4th, 2021: ***

The Miami-Dade Police Department have identified an additional victim that sadly and unexpectedly lost his life in the tragic building collapse in Surfside, Florida.

Please keep their families and loved ones in your prayers.

 

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*** As of 8:30 a.m. PT on Sunday, July 4th, 2021: ***

Press conference happening now.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said that this is not a July Fourth like we’ve ever experienced before.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said numbers remain the same as yesterday, 24 deaths with all 24 next of kin notified; 191 are accounted for and 121 are unaccounted for.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said the demolition team will use a technique known as “energetic felling” to bring the building down within a small footprint.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said, “Our top priority is that the building come down as soon as possible, no matter what time that occurs.”

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said the is no additional evacuations ordered for the demolition, and we will be giving notices to them on when the demolition is to occur.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said a secure perimeter will be established, and nearby residents should stay indoors, close their windows in case of billowing dust and turn off air conditioners.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said families have been notified about the demolition process, and as soon as the demolition is completed, search and rescue operations will continue, but may stop again due to the potential Tropical Storm Elsa.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said that we’ve been actively searching for pets in the building collapse.

Chairman of the Commission Jose “Pepe” Diaz said officials have worked the last four days with the South Florida Water Management District to ensure canals and drainage are prepared for heavy rainfall during Tropical Storm Elsa.

National Weather Service Robert said no Tropical Storm Warnings for southeast Florida, but must be prepare in case of.

Miami-Dade Deputy Incident Commander Charles Cyrille said we are monitoring with the National Weather Service of Tropical Storm Elsa, and warned residents that Elsa may spawn tropical storm force gusts, bands of heavy rains and storms, and the potential for flooding and tornadoes.

 

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*** As of 4:39 p.m. PT on Saturday, July 3rd, 2021: ***

The Miami-Dade Police Department have identified two additional victims that sadly and unexpectedly lost their lives in the tragic building collapse in Surfside, Florida.

Please keep their families and loved ones in your prayers.

 

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*** As of 2:30 p.m. PT on Saturday, July 3rd, 2021: ***

Press conference happening now.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said the numbers remain the same since the last press conference, at 24 deaths but with 23 of those next of kin have been notified; 191 are accounted for and 121 are unaccounted for.

Officials said the search and rescue mission was paused at 4:30 p.m. PT on Saturday as engineers prep the area to demolish the Champlain Towers South building.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava would not give a definite timeline as to when the building would be demolished, but they are hoping to do so before the arrival of Tropical Storm Elsa.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said, “Many of you have seen them transporting evidentiary debris from Surfside to another site. These trucks do not signify that we are no longer focused on search and rescue.”

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said that search and rescue does have to pause temporarily until the remaining portion of the condo building is demolished, due to the danger that it poses to first responders.

In regards to Hurricane Elsa, Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said that this morning I signed an emergency order to ensure that our county departments everything they need in preparation for a possible storm arrival.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava then said as of this time, the instructions are no, we will not need to evacuate any buildings” in preparation for the demolition of the remaining condo.

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett said there were environmentally no significant issues with the Surfside condo debris that would affect demolition.

 

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*** As of 7:30 a.m. PT on Saturday, July 3rd, 2021: ***

Press conference is happening now.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava confirmed 24 deaths, 191 are accounted for and 121 are unaccounted for.

Officials announced that they will be demolishing what is left of Champlain Towers South.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced that the state will be covering the costs of the demolition.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis also announced that he signed an emergency order for specific counties in anticipation of Tropical Storm Elsa.

 

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*** As of 6:21 a.m. PT on Saturday, July 3rd, 2021: ***

 

Miami-Dade Police Department: #UPDATE 44: A media briefing regarding the building collapse in Surfside, Florida will be held at approximately 10:30 a.m. ET (7:30 a.m. PT).

 

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*** As of 5:12 p.m. PT on Friday, July 2nd, 2021: ***

The Miami-Dade Police Department have identified four additional victims who tragically and unexpectedly lost their lives in the building collapse in Surfside, Florida, including the daughter of one of the first responders.

Please keep their families and loved ones in your prayers.

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*** As of 2:30 p.m. PT on Friday, July 2nd, 2021: ***

Press conference is happening now.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava confirmed 2 additional victims; bringing the death total to 22 people dead, 188 people accountable for and 126 people unaccountable.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said we will continue our search no matter what gets thrown our way.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava announced she signed an emergency order to demolish what’s left of the Champlain Towers South.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said that the building poses a threat to public safety, and demolishing it is critical, but will take time.

Miami-Dade Deputy Incident Commander Charles Cyrille said Amazon donated items that will be used to help rescuers with their dirty laundry, and Royal Caribbean has a ship at Port Miami where rescuers are resting.

Officials said the National Weather Service has a presence at the site in Surfside to provide up-to-the-minute updates on Hurricane Elsa that has strengthened and is moving fast in the Caribbean as a category 1 hurricane.

Officials asking Florida residents to have all you need to prepare for Hurricane Elsa before Sunday evening, and expect high winds, flooding and even tornados.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Alen R. Comiskey said they were rotating the Florida Task Force teams out of the site with task force teams from Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York.

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett said the accumulated debris from the operation is almost completely gone, and that is a testament to the organizational skills of the Miami-Dade County crews.

 

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*** As of 1:12 p.m. PT on Friday, July 2nd, 2021: ***

Miami-Dade Police Department: #UPDATE 42: A media briefing regarding the building collapse in Surfside, Florida will be held at approximately 5:30 p.m. ET (2:30 p.m. PT).

 

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*** As of 8:30 a.m. PT on Friday, July 2nd, 2021: ***

Press conference is happening now.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis spoke about preparing Florida for hurricane Elsa, and how to protect the area of the building collapse.

Officials say the we could be impact by winds from the hurricane by Sunday.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava confirmed last night 2 bodies were recovered.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said, “Tragically one of those victims was the 7 year old daughter of a city of Miami firefighter.”

The Miami Fire Department said, “We ask that you respect the privacy of the immediate family as well as our Fire Department family while we grieve the loss of our own.”

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava confirmed 20 people deaths, 188 people accountable and 128 people unaccountable.

Engineers continue to inspect the remain structure to make sure it’s safe to continue the search and expand the area of search of the rubble.

Miami-Dade Deputy Incident Commander Charles Cyrille ask the public to please monitor the hurricane, being securing things that can be blown around and make sure your emergency preparedness supplies and kits is ready, including making sure you have working batteries for radio and flashlights.

 

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*** As of 4:49 p.m. PT on Thursday, July 1st, 2021: ***

The Miami-Dade Police Department identified an additional victim that sadly and unexpectedly lost her life in the tragic building collapse in Surfside, Florida.

Please keep her family and loved ones in your prayers.

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*** As of 3:30 p.m. PT on Thursday, June 1st, 2021: ***

Press conference is happening now.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava confirmed search and rescue operations have started by up again.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava confirmed that they are preparing for the demolition of the structure and how to better manage that demolition with affecting the on going search.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said no increase in the numbers; 18 people dead, 145 people unaccounted for and 130 accounted for in the building collapse.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said we are preparing for the upcoming storm and ask everybody to prepare themselves for the storm.

Rescue efforts at the site of a partially collapsed Florida condominium building resumed Thursday evening after work was halted for about 15 hours out of concern about the stability of the remaining structure.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said officials are “planning for the likely demolition of the building as the search and rescue continues.”

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett said that he did not know why officials decided to restart the search. Rescuers left the pile of rubble shortly after 2:00 a.m. ET after crews noticed widening cracks and up to a foot of movement in a large column.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Alen R. Comiskey said concern assessments included six to 12 inches of movement, and a large column hanging from the structure that could fall and cause damage to the support columns in the subterranean garage area.

The stoppage threatened to keep search teams off the rubble pile and dim hopes for finding anybody alive in the debris a week after the building collapse.

United States President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden visited the devastated community.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said the president’s visit did not impact search and rescue operations.

 

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*** As of 3:03 p.m. PT on Thursday, June 1st, 2021: ***

 

The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department has announced that search and rescue efforts have resumed following a temporary halt of operations after the recommendation of structural engineers who inspected the remaining structure.

Finding missing loved ones continues to be at the forefront of our operations.

 

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*** As of 1:30 p.m. PT on Thursday, July 1st, 2021: ***

United States President Joe Biden delivers remarks regarding the partial building collapse of the Champlain Tower South condominium building in Surfside, Florida.

 

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*** As of 6:45 a.m. PT on Thursday, June 1st, 2021: ***

Press conference is happening now.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said We were force to stop operations due to the condition of the remaining structure of the condo building.

Operations was stopped at 2:11 a.m. ET when crews working in the garage area heard cracks and was alerted to movement to support columns of the remaining structure.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Alen R. Comiskey said there were several concerns, including debris hanging in the south terrain garage and concrete movement in the north and south part of the building that could cause additional failures.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Alen R. Comiskey also said part of the debris pile also moved, and monitors that sound when cracks are created went off last night and reported 6 to 12 inches of expansion in parts of concrete.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said they have informed the families, and operations will continue when the site is secured.

Officials said getting back to rescue operations is very important, and that they are speaking with structural engineers to see if they could get back to the site to continue the rescue operations.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said this will not affect United States President visit today.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said there is no increase in the numbers of deaths, accountable and unaccounted since the last report.

During the question section of the news conference, a news reporter from ABC said to her understanding the area (where the building is located) was landfill and was an inland at one point in time, and asked officials does that have an impact with the storm coming and the movement, how does that impact?

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Alen R. Comiskey said “I couldn’t comment on the impact of the inland,” and Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said, “the investigation is ongoing, we have no comment at this time about the possible causes.”

When asked about early initial few hours of rescue, a women was trapped and can be heard but was unable to reached due to the fire underneath the structure, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Alen R. Comiskey confirmed during the initial search, we did heard a female voice and for serveral hours searched but unfortunately we stopped hearing the voice despite continue to search afterwards.

 

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*** As of 5:46 a.m. PT on Thursday, July 1st, 2021: ***

The Miami-Dade Police Department has announced that an operational briefing regarding the building collapse in Surfside, Florida will be held at approximately 9:45 a.m. ET (6:45 a.m. PT).

 

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*** As of 4:55 p.m. PT on Wednesday, June 30th, 2021: ***

Miami-Dade Police Department has posted the identifies of four additional victims who tragically and unexpectedly lost their lives in the Surfside building collapse.

This Guara sisters were only 4 years old and 10 years old.

Please keep their families and loved ones in your prayers.

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*** As of 3:30 p.m. PT on Wednesday, June 30th, 2021: ***

 

Press conference is happening now.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava confirmed two children, ages 4 and 10 have been pulled from the rubble; bring the total to 18 death; 139 people accounted, and 145 people unaccounted.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said, “I’m pained to tell you we found two additional bodies in the rubble, which brings our total count to 18 – 18 fatalities. It is also with great sorrow, real pain, that I have to share with you that two of these were children. Aged 4 and 10. Any loss of life, especially given the unexpected, unprecedented nature of this event is a tragedy, but the loss of our children is too great to bear.”

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava added, “Our community, our nation and the world, we’re all mourning with these families who have lost loved ones and we grieve with them and we lift them up as a community and we’re so grateful for the support from all of you everywhere as we continue to big through the rubble.”

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said that our detectives have been working around the clock to reach every single person who we have been told may be missing by a loved one, and that we need to verify every report and remove duplicates wherever possible; please, this takes some time.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said resources have been added to the operation due to the possibility of storms approaching.

Emergency teams are currently monitoring a tropical storm system in the Atlantic Ocean.

Florida Division of Emergency Management Kevin Guthrie said that at this time, impacts to Florida from this system are not expected through Saturday.

ZachNews has learned that a grand jury investigation is being launched into the building collapse.

In a statement, Miami-Dade State Attorney Kathy Fernandez Rundle, she said, “My office has a long tradition of presenting more than just criminal cases to the Grand Jury. Our Grand Juries have also served as a cross-section of the community to evaluate matters of health and public safety. For example, in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew, the Grand Jury issued a report that helped lead to better building codes. The Grand Jury has also made recommendations regarding the environmental integrity of Biscayne Bay, the financial survival of Jackson Memorial Public Hospital, and the safety of our public housing communities. To that end, I plan to request that our Grand Jury look at what steps we can take to safeguard our residents without jeopardizing any scientific, public safety, or potential criminal investigations.”

National Institute of Standards and Technology Director James Olthoff announced that a National Construction Safety Team has been established to investigate the collapse of the Champlain Towers South condominium building.

National Institute of Standards and Technology Director James Olthoff said the inquiry will be a fact finding, not fault finding technical investigation and will not interfere with any ongoing search and rescue operations.

National Institute of Standards and Technology Director James Olthoff said, “What our experts learn from these events lead to better building codes, standards and practices.”

The team is experienced and has studied similar disasters and failures including the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center buildings and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

National Institute of Standards and Technology Judith Mitrani-Reiser said that based on the information that we have collected, we are able to recommend a full technical investigation under the National Construction Safety Team Act.

National Institute of Standards and Technology Judith Mitrani-Reiser then said that we will now establish a team to begin the painstaking process of collecting and analyzing any and all information that might help us determine the technical cause of failure.

ZachNews has learned that several states across the United States have activated their task force teams to assist with search efforts at the building collapse.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has announced vis Twitter that 70 members of the state’s task force 1 will leave tonight to assist with search and rescue efforts at the site of last week’s deadly building collapse.

“It will be dangerous work. But the ability to bring closure to families and friends of the victims of this collapse is a tremendous blessing. Thank you to the men and women of PA-TF1,” tweeted Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has announced earlier today that the New Jersey’s task force 1 would also be deploying to Miami on Thursday.

The Ohio’s Task Force 1 has announced that they will be deployed Wednesday evening with approximately 80 members and several canine search teams, who will be assisting in the search efforts.

Indiana’s Task Force 1 has also announced that they have been activated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to respond with an 80-person search and rescue team.

During the press conference, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Alen R. Comiskey confirmed that between five to six floors of the fallen tower are underground, pancaked in a subfloor within a 10- to 12-foot space.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Alen R. Comiskey said that structural engineers are checking the stability in the sections where search-and-rescue teams are working to make sure they’re safe to work there.

 

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*** As of 8:30 a.m. PT on Wednesday, June 30th, 2021: ***

Press conference is happening now.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said 4 more bodies had recovered; the numbers is now at 16 people death, 139 people accounted, and 147 people unaccounted.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava reminded everybody that we were previously including the number of deceased in the accounted for number, but for clarity moving forward we’re separating that, and so we have deceased, accounted, and unaccounted.

Miami-Dade Deputy Incident Commander Charles Cyrille said that at least 26 organizations are currently working to assist families who have been impacted by the building collapse.

Miami-Dade Deputy Incident Commander Charles Cyrille said also said that so far, 30 families at the family assistance center have been assisted with needs such as mental, financial and lodging services.

Miami-Dade Deputy Incident Commander Charles Cyrille said thanked those who are contributing and donating to help families, but warned of fake donation sites.

Miami-Dade Deputy Incident Commander Charles Cyrille said that they have been notified of several fraudulent GoFundMe accounts.

Miami-Dade Deputy Incident Commander Charles Cyrille advices that people who want to donations are submitted to the proper agencies.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said that officials are making sure that all resources are being used while forecasters also watch the two tropical disturbances in the Atlantic that could cause issues in South Florida.

Florida Division of Emergency Management Kevin Guthrie said plans are in place in case of tropical activity so that state teams can respond to areas damaged by the storms will be able to have emergency help at the same time that Surfside will not lose the resources it needs.

Florida Division of Emergency Management Kevin Guthrie said they have found housing for the condo residents displaced by the collapse as the rescue effort continues.

Florida Division of Emergency Management Kevin Guthrie said that the Florida Housing Finance Corporation has identified more than 120 multifamily rental developments to provide emergency housing to displaced individuals impacted by the collapse.

Florida Division of Emergency Management Kevin Guthrie said they encouraged all individuals impacted by this disaster to visit the Surfside Strength website which will provide resources for immediate emotional support and assistance.

*** Website: Surfside Strength: ***

https://surfsidestrength.com/

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett said he now starts every morning with a tour of the building collapse site to see what has happened overnight.

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett said that Wednesday morning, he spoke with K9 handlers about how the dogs are able to find people.

When asked about the search dog and if the dogs have difficulties finding anybody due to the weather, Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett said speaking to the handlers, there are two types of dogs; some trained to look for people who are alive and others for bodies, and they are rotated around the site, and the dogs are not bothered by the weather because of their training.

 

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*** As of 6:00 a.m. PT on Wednesday, June 30th, 2021: ***

Miami-Dade Police Department has posted the identified three additional victims that sadly and unexpectedly lost their lives in the tragic Surfside building collapse.

The City of North Bay Village has confirmed that Hilda Noriega is the mother of Police Chief Carlos Noriega.

Please keep their families and loved ones in your prayers.

 

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*** As of 3:30 p.m. PT on Tuesday, June 29th, 2021: ***

Press conference is happening now.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said search efforts continued today despite the weather conditions; rainy conditions; working non-stop; and we have all the help we need.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said the expanded family assistance center has been fully opened with three trauma psychotherapists on site.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said one body had been recovered since the last meeting; the numbers remain at 12 people death, 125 people accounted, and 149 people unaccounted.

Miami-Dade Deputy Incident Commander Charles Cyrille said were leading a unified effort, with over 50 agencies and 900 people are responding at the site.

Miami-Dade Deputy Incident Commander Charles Cyrille said one additional type of search and rescue team is being requested through the federal government.

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett said we have raised $1.9 millions dollars at the Support Surfside website.

During the news conference, an officials said that there is at least one donation company on the internet has been confirmed as fraudulent.

Officials advises donors to use the two verified sites, Support Surfside and Neighbors 4 Neighbors (Websites are posted above to click in the post).

When asked if the remaining standing portion of the building is at risk of falling, Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said the building is not at risk of collapsing, but unsafe to enter the building.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Alen R. Comiskey said one fire rescue member was transported to a local hospital for dehydration, but is in stable condition.

When asked about how the crews working to find people in the rubble are doing, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Alen R. Comiskey said that as for our spirit, it’s been difficult but were our here 110%.

 

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*** As of 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 29th, 2021: ***

The Town of Surfside have recently released publicly more documents as well as emails regarding the building collapse.

*** Documents (PDF Files): ***

ocuments will be uploaded as they become available.

– 8777 CHAMPLAIN SOUTH – PENTHOUSE CO:

Click to access 8777-champlain-south—penthouse-co.pdf

– Champlain Towers South Board Meeting November 15, 2018:

Click to access champlain-towers-south-board-meeting-november-15-2018.pdf

– 2018-2019 Building Official Emails Regarding Champlain Tower South:

Click to access 2018-2019-building-official-emails-regarding-champlain-tower-south.pdf

– 2018-11-16 Email Regarding Champlain Tower South Association Meeting:

Click to access 2018-11-16-email-regarding-champlain-tower-south-association-meeting.pdf

– Email Related 2018 Structural Field Survey Report:

Click to access email-related-2018-structural-field-survey-report.pdf

– Email Related to 2018 Structural Field Survey Report:

Click to access email-related-to-2018-structural-field-survey-report.pdf

 

 

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*** As of 8:30 a.m. PT on Tuesday, June 29th, 2021: ***

Press conference happening now.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said the way I look at it, as an old Navy guy is, when somebody is missing in action in the military, you’re missing until you’re found, and we don’t stop the search.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis then spoke about the first responders how are continuing their search and rescue operations, saying that, “those guys are out there, breaking their back on that pile, when they’re digging tunnels and putting themselves in harm’s way to try to find a void, to try to find an area where they could potentially rescue people, they have that mission and they’re doing it and they’re not shirking from it.”

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis then said that the search continues with such commitment because people’s loved ones were inside those condominiums.

“I just thank them for all their efforts and I thank them for leaving no stone unturned,” said Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said 210 people are working on the mound at a time in 12-hour shifts with breaks and are being medically evaluated throughout.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said that she cannot express enough how grateful we are for their service, their sacrifice, their passion; they live to save lives.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said no new fatalities to confirmed today; the numbers remains as 11 people death, 136 people accounted, and 150 people unaccounted.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said she would support the Miami-Dade state attorney’s office opening a grand jury investigation into the catastrophic collapse at the Champlain Towers South.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said that the grand jury has not yet been impaneled, but she is very supportive of the grand jury investigation and pledged her full cooperation moving forward into what happened.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said officials are taking “swift action” to address any issues with other buildings in the area that have not completed a 40 year recertification process.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said a location in the northeastern part of the county was forced to close four balconies that had been open to the public Monday night.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava confirmed United States President will be visiting Surfside, Florida on Thursday, July 1st, 2021 to met with the families of the victims.

Miami-Dade Deputy Incident Commander Charles Cyrille said more than 800 responders from 60 agencies are on the ground assisting with the search and rescue efforts.

Miami-Dade Deputy Incident Commander Charles Cyrille also said the unified search and rescue efforts consist of multiple departments to include police, water and sewer and county attorneys, and that this is in addition to the assistance being offered by federal state, local, international and not for profit organizations.

More than 440 state workers are also on the ground assisting with the search efforts over the last few days.

The Department of Economic Opportunity said he spoke to businesses who’ve put their needs aside to shut down and help us during this search.

The Department of Economic Opportunity remind those businesses who need help to go to: https://floridadisaster.biz/

Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said that part of the western section of the debris mound was cordoned off because of falling debris that was “excessively dangerous.”

Chairman of the Commission Jose “Pepe” Diaz thanked the news media for reporting on what happening humanely; very proud of you all.

Chairman of the Commission Jose “Pepe” Diaz also thanked all of the personal working in the search and rescue efforts as well as all of the law enforcement.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Alen R. Comiskey said we continue to search the grid layer by layer, piece by piece.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Alen R. Comiskey said that rescue teams have removed 3 million pounds of concrete so far from the building collapse site; that’s over 850 cubic feet.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Alen R. Comiskey noted that when they first arrived on the site after the building collapse, Miami-Dade Fire and Rescue personal was able to remove 37 individuals.

American Red Cross said they’re continuing to help the families of the building collapse; having 125 volunteers and staff providing support.

American Red Cross ask that any more survivals that haven’t met with us to meet with them at the family assistance center so they can help.

Miami-Dade Police Department provided an update on the traffic plan, saying Collins Avenue from 81st to 91st Street and Harding Avenue from 81st Street to 96th Street are closed to the public with the exception of residents, hotel staff and guests and business owners, employees and customers.

Motorists should expect traffic delays in the area.

Later during questions, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Alen R. Comiskey said at this point, crews cannot go back into the part of the structure that remains standing because of its structural integrity.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Alen R. Comiskey noted that when crews went through the initial rescue of the building, no pets were found.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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*** As of 6:30 p.m. PT on Monday, June 28th, 2021: ***

Miami-Dade Police Department has posted the identifies of three additional victims that sadly and unexpectedly lost their lives in the tragic Surfside building collapse.

Please keep their families and loved ones in your prayers.

 

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*** As of 3:30 p.m. PT on Monday, June 28th, 2021: ***

 

Press conference happening now.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said the confirmed deaths is now 11; and the number of people accounted for now at 136, and number of people unaccounted for is 150.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said that the numbers are “very fluid and they will change,” a d that, “We are continually auditing the list and getting more calls and information from family members. Please stand by for more information.”

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said we have 14 different organizations working with these families; they are getting real help.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said we also had a very good briefing with families this evening

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said we are continuing to provide timely updates as much information we have to these families and providing them the news before you (Press) get it; we are transparent as we promise, and this is how we have been.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said the work being done in the search and rescue, and the service to the families has been made possible by unprecedented historic cooperation between our local, our state and our federal partners as well as our non-profit and faith groups, and municipal groups here.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said we have everyone from the sewer and water department for Miami-Dade County, our procurement and our community action and human service agency, FEMA, our Florida’s Department of emergency Management, and our international partners including the Israeli team but actually had additional search and rescue members come in today, the Mexican team of search and rescue members, the Miami Foundation, the American Red Cross, Florida Blue, Jewish Community Services and many others.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said it is truly inspiring it is unprecedented, we’re so very grateful for everyone working together.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava thanked all of the man and women who are working around the clock; 24/7 tirelessly searching the rubble for victims; truthly moving operation.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said that $1.6 millions dollars has been raised at Support Surfside to help these families, and asked the public to continue to Support Surfside.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Alen R. Comiskey said crews continue search and rescue operations, throughout the day in different areas of the rubble.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Alen R. Comiskey said he’s proud of how we’re doing and going.

Miami-Dade Police Department said that traffic plans has been posted on social media, including on their Twitter page.

*** Miami-Dade Police Department on Twitter: ***

https://twitter.com/MiamiDadePD

Miami-Dade Police Department said that residents are still allowed into their residence.

 

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*** As of 2:59 a.m. PT on Monday, June 28th, 2021: ***

Miami-Dade Police Department announced that a media briefing regarding the building collapse in Surfside, Florida will be held at approximately 6:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. PT).

Moving forward, Miami-Dade Police Department said media briefings will be held at 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. ET (8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. PT) weather permitting.

 

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*** As of 8:30 a.m. PT on Monday, June 28th, 2021: ***

Media briefing regarding the building collapse in Surfside is happening now.

Officials said the search and rescue operations continue, crews continuing non-stop searching through the pile of debris for victims.

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (United States Representative for Florida’s 23rd District) said a team from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (N.I.S.T.) will be doing a long-term investigation on Champlain Towers South to determine what happened to cause the collapse.

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said that the findings from this group will allow the state to take action and make sure that nothing like this happens moving forward.

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz cautioned that the National Institute of Standards and Technology members in South Florida are a “fact-finding” team and not a “fault-finding” team.

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said the information they (National Institute of Standards and Technology) find could lead to changes in federal law when it comes to construction codes.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said he met with a team of six scientists and engineers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology on Monday, who will be conducting a preliminary investigation at the site and preserving materials that could help experts understand why the building collapse.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said that the National Institute of Standards and Technology have done a handful of really thorough investigations since their creation after 9/11, and that they did Joplin, Missouri, from the tornadoes, they’re doing Hurricane Marina in Puerto Rico, they did a Rhode Island nightclub fire that happened almost 20 years ago.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis added that the National Institute of Standards and Technology have never done just a straight building collapse that wasn’t involved with either hazards or terrorism.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said this will be the first time the group handles a single-building collapse.

Findings from the preliminary investigation will determine whether a full investigation or study is conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s work will be very thorough and will take a long time to complete.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said he spoke with FEMA personnel Monday morning, and noted that they will be helping people in need of relocation or mental health assistance.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava confirmed another body was recovered, bringing the total to 10 people dead, 135 accountable and 151 unaccountable.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said these numbers are very fluid and they will continue to change.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava expressed gratitude to the rescue crews who she said are working around the clock and risking their own lives.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said the families of those missing will continue to be the first people notified when a body is recovered or if anyone is found alive.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said crews are going through every possible option to make sure people can be saved.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava then thanked the first responders, saying, “These are truly the men and women who have dedicated their lives to saving lives, and this is what they live for: to save lives.”

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava agreed with their sentiments mention earlier, saying, “We are going to get to the bottom of what happened here.”

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Alan R. Cominsky said the search and rescue efforts are continuing.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Assistant Chief Raide Jadallah said crews are utilizing bucket brigades – including heavy equipment – to remove some of the debris, later this afternoon we’ll be switching done of the crews as they have come apond larger debris that now require heavy equipment.

Crews for days that used robots, dogs, drones, sonar technology and cameras searching the rubble, and numerous teams are taking turns exploring different sections of the rubble.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Assistant Chief Raide Jadallah said operations continue in the search and rescue mod.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Assistant Chief Raide Jadallah responded during the news conference to speculation that the search and rescue effort should become search and recovery.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Assistant Chief Raide Jadallah said that there’s no specific timeframe for search and rescue operations, and that there are many variables at play.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Assistant Chief Raide Jadallah said search and rescue operations are fully moving forward at this time and there is not a timetable of switching to recovery at this moment.

When asked if the process is moving too slow, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Assistant Chief Raide Jadallah said we’re not lifting floor by floor, we’re talking about pulverize concrete, we’re talking about steel; every time there’s an action there’s a reaction.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Assistant Chief Raide Jadallah added that families witnessed a first responder fall 25 feet down the mound while searching through the rubble.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Assistant Chief Raide Jadallah said it’s going to take time, it’s not going to happen overnight; it’s a 12 story building, it’s going to take some time.

 

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*** As of 6:29 p.m. PT on Sunday, June 27th, 2021: ***

Miami-Dade Police Department has posted the identifies of four additional victims that sadly and unexpectedly lost their lives in the tragic Surfside building collapse.

Please keep their families and loved ones in your prayers.

 

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*** As of 3:30 p.m. PT on Sunday, June 27th, 2021: ***

 

Media briefing regarding the building collapse in Surfside is happening now.

During the press conference, Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said our search and rescue efforts are continuing; for the last 24 hours and throughout the day, we have continue to see the incredible work of our fire and rescue team; I could not be prouder of the work of these man and woman, and dogs who are all part of this operation.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava continued saying their bravery, their selfishness and their total dedication to this mission, these people live to safe lives; it’s an inspiration to all of us and to people all around the world.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said the work to get the fire and the smoke under control or the weather today were two very good positives, and they allowed the search to move forward without some of the previous challenges that we had faced.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava then said we continue to sweep the mount with out K9’s and all of our devices available to us, and the machinery to lift the debris.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said that as of now, the amount the number of casualties remain the same at 9 deaths.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava confirmed the number remains at 9 fatalities, and we are able to identify 4 more victims, and we’re contacting next of kin; getting in contact with their families before releasing any identities.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said the count is 135 people accountable and 152 unaccountable; these numbers are subject to change.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said families today were give the opportunity to view privately the site,

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava asked everybody for your prayers for the families and all of our first responders looking for survivers.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said so far, $1.2 millions dollars has been raised in Support Surfside.

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (United States Representative for Florida’s 23rd District) said in my faith tradition, when someone punishes – when someone’s life has come to an end – we say their memories be for a blessing; just a knowledge that we have lost lives in this tragic situation and my their memories be for a blessing.

Miami-Dade Police Department Director Alfredo “Freddy” Ramirez meaned about continuing to update the traffic plans surrounding the building collapse, and making sure residents are able to access their residencies.

Miami-Dade Police Department Edward spoke about continuing to update the traffic plans surrounding the building collapse, and making sure residents are able to access their residencies.

A news reporter asked Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett if he can you confirm any of the reporting – and this is coming from the owner in the South Tower who’s also citing board meeting minutes – that an official with the Town of Surfside – shortly after the 2018 report (2018 structural engineer’s report) – that the building is safe, are you aware of that and can you confirm that?

“I wasn’t there,” said Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett, adding that he was there before but I came after so I wasn’t there for that, but what I can tell you is what we are doing is I’ve asked our city clerk, city attorney and city manager to do that every piece of correspondence related to that building and post it on our website, so that’s happening right how, and so we’re just going to put it out there so you all can see it, and it’s going to be what it’s going to be.

A news report told Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett during the news conference that one of the Town of Surfside commissioners told them that this is bigger than Surfside; we don’t have the manpower to investigate that.

The news reporter asked Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett if the building department had the brain and manpower and all to handle to secure all the buildings in town.

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett said that that is a good question, and I think a fair question; and I would say they’ve been doing buildings here for 50-60 years, and this is the first problem we have had and it’s a big problem and something went very very wrong, and we’re gonna to get to the bottom of this.

But then Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett said that as far as my concern, job 1 is to get those folks out of the pile of rubber and reunite them with their families, I can assure you that is going to be job number 3 because job 1 is get them out, job 2 is support the families and job 3 is find out what happened.

Following yesterday’s talk with residents of the from the Champlain Towers North and East – sister did sister towers of the Champlain Towers South – about they’re concerns about their building and wanting to relocate, a news report asked Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett if those who want to relocate in title to ask for FEMA assistance.

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett said they’re not because they kind of fall into this sort of a gap of in the building was condemned they would have been qualified, but those buildings wasn’t condemned.

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett later said that a donor donated money to go towards those who want to relocate and that is going to help them.

 

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*** As of 8:00 a.m. PT on Sunday, June 27th, 2021: ***

 

Miami-Dade Police Department announced that a media briefing regarding the building collapse in Surfside is being held.

During the news conference, Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said we have 68 square, and have many more teams standing back for rotations, and we continue to scan the rubble and use K9’s well we work with engineers to make sure the area is safe during the search and rescue operations.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said crews have digged out trench in the pile for the rescue efforts.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava confirmed rescuers have recovered overnight 4 addition bodies as well as additional human remains.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava also confirmed that one person passed away in the hospital, and the death toll is at 9 people.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said you’re in our prayers.

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett said that our top priority right now is pulling residents out of the rubble and helping the families.

Chairman of the Commission Jose “Pepe” Diaz thanks to all of first responders who non-stop work, and to the news media for getting the information out to everybody, especially those internationally.

Chairman of the Commission Jose “Pepe” Diaz said that once we understand what occurred here, I guarantee here that there will be legislation so this doesn’t ever happen again because nobody ever thought that this could happen here.

 

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*** As of 8:15 p.m. PT on Saturday, June 26th, 2021: ***

 

Miami-Dade Police Department: Correction: The family has updated the apartment number for Manuel LaFont to #801.

 

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*** As of 7:01 p.m. PT on Saturday, June 26th, 2021: ***

The Miami-Dade Police Department has posted that, “We have identified four victims that sadly and unexpectedly lost their lives in the tragic Surfside building collapse. Please keep their families and loved ones in your prayers.”

 

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*** As of 4:00 p.m. PT on Saturday, June 26th, 2021: ***

News conference was held at 7:00 p.m. ET (4:00 p.m. PT) on the latest information regarding the building collapse.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said we did make some progress on the fire the were hamper our search operations, and we were able to continue searching with fewer limitations.

We swept the pile with K9 and we tried to minimize the heavy equipment and continue to use sonar and cameras, and we’re continuing to focus on the grid approach to the pile.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava then said our top priority is to search and rescue, and save any lives we can, and our brave firefighters are telling us that’s the right thing to do, and we stand with them.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava then said today, our search and rescue team found another body from underneath the rubble, and as well our search reveal some human remains.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava continued saying that the process of Identifying these victims are very difficult, we’re going to be relaying on DNA testing, and that is why we have already been gathering DNA samples from the family members, and they have all participated in providing DNA to assist us in the identifications.

This will allow us to do rapidly DNA testing on site for bodies that we find. We have already identified three bodies in the rubble, and have already notified next of kin, but out of respect to the families we are not going to be sharing those names at this time.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said the numbers have changed; 3 bodies uncovered means we have accounted for 130 people and it means the unaccounted has gone down to 156 people, and confirmed deaths are now at a total of 5 people.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava then thanked the many who continue to come forward to help the families effected by the building collapse.

United States Senator Marco Rubio said abstorinary gratitude for the man and woman who are here working from all across the state, and frankly all across the world, to try to help these victims both here in the rescue phase and in all of the associate needs that come with it; this is a highly complex disaster.

United States Senator Marco Rubio then thanked the White House and all of the federal officials for the response.

United States Senator Marco Rubio said that this building that collapse had an substantial amount of foreign nationals and/or families of foreign nationals; and my office in conjunction with congressional offices have been responsible in obtaining Visas for people who need to travel here for their loved ones.

United States Senator Marco Rubio thanked to the State Department and our consulates and embassies in working to speeding the process on the Visas for those families; and the State Department has a first personal on site to help families effected in the building collapse.

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett said that little Surfside hasn’t been so little these days, I’ve received personally calls from the White House, Speaker of the House of Representatives, two United States Senators, and all of the United States Representatives, and Florida Governor has been instrumental and has been here over and over again, and our County Mayor have been very supportive.

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett added saying we don’t have a resources problem, we have a luck.

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett said that the issue is we’ve been fighting the elements here, we’ve been fighting the fires, but we have one objective here and that is to bring those people out of the rubble, safely and return them to their families; and that’s all we’re going to do today, that’s all we’re going to do tomorrow, and the next day and the next day until it’s done, and to support the families.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Alen R. Comiskey said we continue our aggressive search and rescue strategy; we were able to contain the fire and minimize the smoke earlier this morning at approximately 10:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. ET; and we have continue our search and rescue efforts.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Alen R. Comiskey then said that correctly, we are searching the entire debris field, we separated into multiple sections, and we’re actively – with our five taskforces to rotate through – applying our search and rescue techniques.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Alen R. Comiskey said we are still aggressively using all of our tools we have, and in regards to the sonar, we’ve swept of the debris field and our K9s as well as our cameras and any type of video camera equipment we have in search for the victims, and we’re going to continue doing this as hard as we can.

During questions taken section of the news conference, Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava was asked if the families will be able to visit the collapse building site well rescuers are working, and are there any evacuations of other surrounding buildings in Miami-Dade County.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said that in regards to families visiting the site, they have asked for the opportunity to visit the site to reflect and pray near the site, and we’re working to working to accommodate them to make that possible.

As of the evacuations, Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava asked Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett to address that question because this is in his city.

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett said that I have received many calls from residents who are frightened given the fact that the building they live in – Champaign Towers North – it’s basically the same building as Champlain Towers South; it was built at the same time and built by the same developer, it was probably about with the same and it was probably built with the same materials, and given that we cannot determine what made champagne Tower South fall down, it’s understandable that people are nervous.

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett said that after speaking with those residents on that first night or next morning, I reached out to senator Scott and Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava to voice my concerns and we had a discussion, and the consensus was that taking action is probably necessary.

Now what kick of action to take is the discussion I had – I think the resolution for that was to tell the residents what we knew, give him the option to relocate if they want to, and going there and do a top to bottom of forensic study of the building.

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett continues saying now what kind of action to take is the discussion I had – I think the resolution for that was to tell the residents what we knew, give him the option to relocate if they want to, and going there and do a top to bottom of forensic study of the building.

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett said what happened today is our Surfside Building Official went into Champlain Tower North and East, and they did a cursory review of the structure, and to paraphrase my conversation with the building official, he came back and said basically they didn’t find anything out of order.

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett continue saying that so that is reassuring, but that is not a deep dive to the building itself, and there are people who have concerns about in the building given what just happened; I can say I wouldn’t be excited about staying in that building either so what we did was to talk to FEMA and FEMA said they can make arrangements to – given the relationship to what just happened at the South building so what’s potentially going on with the North building and on the other circumstances, that it would help in the temporary relocation because it is likely that will probably take only a couple of weeks for the deep dive, and then we would know and can probably say with certainty or most likely that the building is safe because as of right now I can’t answer that question but maybe in two weeks we can.

When asked if there’s a mandatory evacuation for the Champagne Tower North, Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett said no there has never been a mandatory evacuation, it’s always been voluntary.

When asked when was the last time rescuers found anybody alive, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Alen R. Comiskey said it would have been in the first few hours after the building collapse.

When asked if officials have heard from families of any price gouging from hotels, background officials at the press conference said they aren’t aware of any price gouging, which Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava then said that in terms of anyone who was relocated as results of this entire situation there’s no price gouging.

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett was then asked about his interview with a local news station – about if he was aware of the 2018 structural engineer’s report that was sent out to town officials and that he was going to look into that – has there been any updates and have you already received the report.

This 2018 structural engineer’s report – three years before Thursday’s deadly building collapse – showed a consultant found alarming evidence of “major structural damage” to the concrete slab below the pool deck and “abundant” cracking and crumbling of the columns, beams and walls of the parking garage under the building.

*** Read 2018 Structural Engineer’s Report: Champlain Towers South (Click PDF File Link Below): ***

Click to access 8777-collins-ave—structural-field-survey-report.pdf

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett responded saying that he was sent that report today, and said that he was mayor from 2006 to 2010 and I became the mayor in 2020 so I was not present for that report at that time, but given the issue that was raised I asked my building official to forward me that report and I read the report, and there are issues in the report.

Surfside Mayor Charles W. Burkett then said that right now we are saving lives and bring people out of the rubble, and what were gonna do in the next phase – after we address the support for these families – is we are going to do a very deep dive into why this building fell down, and I imagine that this will end up being very comprehensive project.

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*** As of 10:56 a.m. PT on Saturday, June 26th, 2021: ***

City of Miami Beach has announced that effective immediately, North Beach Oceanside Park will be temporarily closed to support the search and rescue efforts underway in neighboring Surfside.

 

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*** As of 7:30 a.m. PT on Saturday, June 26th, 2021: ***

News conference is being held Saturday morning.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said we’re facing difficulties with the fire, unable to find the source of the fire. The fire is making the search operations difficult and smoke is spreading.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said that the smoke has spread laterally throughout the pile, and that we’re using everything possible to address this fire; using infrared technology, using foam, we’re using water and all the tactics we can to contain the fire.

No further victims have been found, and the numbers remains as 127 people accountable, 159 people possibly on the site unacceptable, and 4 people we have lost.

We are still have hope and still searching, we are not going to stop, please be patient with us.

We will be a full Investigation local, state and federal, and doing an audit from the 40 year point and beyond on all of the building, beginning audit within 30 days starting now.

Chairman of the Commission Jose “Pepe” Diaz said these are hard moments and the families are suffering, and that your prayers are very must received and very helpful.

Chairman of the Commission Jose “Pepe” Diaz then said we have firefighters from all over, and thanks to all of your help being sent here.

Chairman of the Commission Jose “Pepe” Diaz said that we’ll do everything to make sure this doesn’t happen ever again.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Alen R. Comiskey said our thoughts and prayers with the families and firefighters working to search for people in the rubble; working around the clock well dealing with a deep fire underneath the building collapse.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Alen R. Comiskey said it’s a very difficult situation but we will continue to bring in equipment and continue searching for lives.

In addition to the fire burning under the building collapse, rain even at times heavy has been falling on and off during the search efforts, including during the news conference.

Meanwhile in documents released on Friday, the City of Surfside issued a permit for roof repairs on the Champlain Towers South condo building the day before the structure collapsed.

According to the documents, on June 23, Surfside issued a permit to “install roof safety anchors and provide stucco repairs” to a South Florida concrete company.

The permit said that the work included removing “the existing roof down to concrete deck” and replacing it.

The company that was set to perform the work were Concrete Protection and Restoration LLC.

Also in the documents, Surfside issued two other permits for work at the building last month, for electrical repair and “roof repair.”

It’s unclear whether work had begun on those permits before the collapse.

Another document produced as part of the 2018 structural engineer’s report also noted that small portions of the building were “showing distress.”

The 2018 structural engineer’s report, conducted by engineer Frank Morabito for the building’s condo association, noted that about “2% of exterior columns have experienced concrete spalling” and about “5% of the balcony structural floor slabs showed hairline cracking at underside of the slab,” among other examples of cracking.

It’s unclear whether these issues contributed to the building collapse.

The 2018 structural engineer’s report says the “general alignment” of the structure, as well as the concrete framing, roof membrane, and several other parts of the building, were in good condition.

Officials with the City of Surfside noted in the document that the report “was not formally submitted” to town officials by the condo association, but said engineer Frank Morabito provided it to the town after the building collapse.

During the news conference, Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava was asked about the reports and did she still support what they stated and that there were no red flags before the building collapse.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said that we are very interested in all of the evidence that is coming out, and that we didn’t know anything about this report before the news report.

When asked about the developer of this structure, and if he would you feel safe going asleep tonight if you were in the sister building of this that collapse, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said, “So I talked with the Mayor of Surfside – and I think Daniella has spoken to him as well – as you mentioned there’s a sister building basically right down the street. I know they are looking at because it was built at the same time with the same designer so they are looking at working with them, and I know they are considering potentially evacuating them, but that’s something that ultimately the mayor is gonna have to make the call on. I don’t know if there’s any indication that there’s is any problems with that building but just getting the similarities, given the same age, they think that that may be something so I think he may have an appointment about that.”

When asked if he recommends them evacuating that building, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said, “I answered the question.”

City of Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett spoke Saturday morning to Local 10 News’ Reporter Annaliese Garcia about his concerns for the safety of the identical sister building to Champlain Towers South, which is located just a few hundred yards to the north.

Charles Burkett told Local 10 News’ Annaliese Garcia that given that the sister building is called Champlain Towers, given that the building was apparently built by the same developer, given that the building was probably build with the same plans and the same materials, I can’t tell people that it’s a safe building given what we’ve seen happen here at Champlain Towers South.

 

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*** As of 7:00 p.m. PT on Friday, June 25th, 2021: ***

Picture: Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department (Courtesy)

The Town of Surfside just posted publicly documents related to the Champlain Tower South on their website.

*** Town of Surfside Website: ***

https://townofsurfsidefl.gov/departments-services/town-clerk/champlain-towers-public-records-documents

The documents include a preliminary 40-year inspection report, and includes the “Structural Field Survey,” which is done by an engineer at the same time as the inspection report.

*** Documents from City of Surfside (PDF Files; Click Links): ***

– 8777 COLLINS AVE-1979 PLANS:

Click to access 8777-collins-ave-1979-plans.pdf

– 8777 COLLINS AVENUE – Preliminary Review Plans for 40 Year Re-certification:

Click to access 8777-collins-avenue—preliminary-review-plans-for-40-year-re-certification.pdf

– 8777 COLLINS AVE – Structural Field Survey Report:

Click to access 8777-collins-ave—structural-field-survey-report.pdf

– 8777 COLLINS AVE-PERMIT # 2021-211:

Click to access 8777-collins-ave-permit-2021-211.pdf

– 8777 COLLINS AVE – Electrical and mechanical systems evaluation:

https://www.townofsurfsidefl.gov/docs/default-source/default-document-library/town-clerk-documents/champlain-towers-south-public-records/8777-collins-ave—electrical-and-mechanical-systems-evaluation.pdf?

– 8777 COLLINS AVE – CODE COMPLIANCE CASES:

Click to access 8777-collins-ave—code-compliance-cases.pdf

– 8777 COLLINS AVE – Unverified Inspection Report:

Click to access 8777-collins-ave—unverified-inspection-report.pdf

– 8777 COLLINS AVE-ROOF AND FACADE MAINTENANCE ANCHOR SYSTEM:

Click to access 8777-collins-ave-roof-and-facade-maintenance-anchor-system.pdf

– 8777 COLLINS AVE-PERMIT # 2021-462:

Click to access 8777-collins-ave-permit-2021-462.pdf

– 8777 COLLINS AVE – CODE COMPLIANCE LETTERS ISSUED:

Click to access 8777-collins-ave—code-compliance-letters-issued.pdf

– 8777 COLLINS AVE-PERMIT # 2021-466 PERMITS:

Click to access 8777-collins-ave-permit-2021-466-permits.pdf

– 8777 COLLINS AVE-PERMIT # 2021-466 PLANS:

Click to access 8777-collins-ave-permit-2021-466-plans.pdf

These documents were publicly released by the Town of Surfside following news media request following the building collapse.

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*** As of 5:15 p.m. PT on Friday, June 25th, 2021: ***

A press conference was held Friday afternoon.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said that we’re still here working around the clock for we have hope to find people, and crews are working tirelessly, dedicated to finding people in the rubble; they have our support.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava also said we have the right people with the right skills for the job searching for people.

To the families waiting for any news on their loved ones, Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said that we’re giving them briefings twice a day, and making sure they are being taken care of, including providing housing.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said we know they are concern; we are here, we’re praying and hoping to find anybody else.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said the numbers hasn’t change; haven’t found anybody yet.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava then said that this search operations is important, and that world is watching and cares about what is happening in Surfside.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said that she is so grateful for our cities, state and federal government, and more resources are still coming in to help with the search, help for the families and recovery efforts afterwards.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Alen R. Comiskey said that the search operations continue and will go on into the night, using sonar devices, cameras and dogs.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Alen R. Comiskey then said that we’re still working underneath and on top of the rubble, working on how to gain access into the collapsed structure.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Alen R. Comiskey said that we’re continuing our search efforts, giving 110 percent.

Miami-Dade Police Department Director Alfredo “Freddy” Ramirez said we continue to support fire efforts, and working at the center to help families.

Miami-Dade Police Department Director Alfredo “Freddy” Ramirez then said there are changes to the traffic patters in the area of the collapse structure so to make the environment safer due to more equipment coming into the area.

During the question section, a news reporter asked what kind of equipment is coming and why wasn’t it here already.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Allen Comiskey said cranes are coming in to help remove debris; remove slowly the debris; they doesn’t come in right away now, and there is one crane getting set setting up.

A news reporter asked if you’ve accepting search and rescue help from Mexico.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said we have and have accepted that help.

There are four taskforce from Florida as well as a taskforce from Mexico, who have been here and are working with the other taskforces on site.

The Mexico taskforce came in mid morning on Friday, and are working with the other crews on 12 hours shifts then they rotated out with another group for 12 hours.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava also said that a taskforce from Israel has been utilized as well today.

A news reporter asked how is the structure status as crews are searching.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said structure engineers are on scene, making sure the building is safe to continue search efforts.

A news reporter asked the smoke seen earlier coming from the collapse structure, and what is being done to put out that fire.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Allen Comiskey said the fire is deeply rooted, and keeps having flare ups.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Allen Comiskey said we’re trying to put out the fire, but we can’t get water to the fire, localized to a certain area.

A news reporter asked the
we’re are crews spending their time in what area?

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Allen Comiskey said that the area, this is continuing evolving as the looking and expanding our searches.

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*** As of 11:00 a.m. PT on Friday, June 25th, 2021: ***

Press conference was held for the latest information regarding the building collapse.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis spoke about the help and donations that have been coming in to help those effected by the building collapse.

Local companies and people donating from across the country giving, and we thank them all.

Search operations continues; we have a lots of heroes on hand here, and nobody is quitting here the search.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said that we want an accurate explanation to what happened, the people have the right to know why this happen on a timely matter.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said our hearts are with the families affected and to our first responders who are working to search for people; we are making sure they are safe so they can continue to do their work, and they are the best first responders here.

We are grateful for FEMA here and United States President support for funding which is important for the search and rescue efforts and for those who are going to need help.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said we have 127 people accountable, 159 people possibly on the site unacceptable, and 4 people we have lost.

We thank all of those companies who are contributing to help those effected.

Chairman of the Commission Jose “Pepe” Diaz, “I like to thank forth and for most God for giving us the ability to do the work we are doing, and for everything that’s been working out.”

Florida Division of Emergency Management Kevin Guthrie thanked the Florida Governor for his for his leadership and for stepping up; giving us the authority to get what we need to help with the situation here.

We have extra urban search and rescue task forces from across Florida to help.

We’ll also be having the Department of Economic Development to help assist local businesses that may be impacted; they will be starting tomorrow going door to door to those businesses.

We have give or take 20 FEMA personal that will be coming in between 3:00 p.m. ET Friday and into Saturday, and will assist in volunteer organizations as well as urban search and rescue oversight and so on.

A news reporter asked about some families they’ve spoke with about how unhappy and frustrated they are about in the numbers and not seeing search crews working on the top of the rubble; they’re not seeing visually crews on top of the mountain of rubble.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Allen Comiskey said I can ensure you that we are doing everything we can; we’ve been actively searching from when this incident occurred. Several different obstacles; this type of situation, we’re looking at optical for survivability, and so we have teams – several teams – Florida Taskforce 1 with 35 to 81 people searching, and we’ve been mainly under the main pile, shoring up areas trying to find spaces; looking to see if we can find survivers. We’ve been sweeping the pile remotely using sonar devices, our cameras and our dogs looking for any possible survivers. I understand the frustration and I ensure you we are doing everything we can, and working non-stop to help find everybody’s loved ones.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava then said that if she could personally go out there and dig she would, but that’s not safe for her or for the first responders or for the people still alive so this is the safe way of doing this, and people our desperate to go out and start digging themselves, but that is simply not possible.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava added it’s has nothing to do with a lack of personal, we have all the personal we need; were doing this in a way that is preserving lives.

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*** As of 8:54 a.m. PT on Friday, June 25th, 2021: ***

The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department has posted a video of MDFR and FLTF1 conducting search and rescue operations in the rubble of the building collapse.

According to the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department, heavy machinery is being used in order to carefully lift and move around debris to access search areas.

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*** As of 5:17 a.m. PT on Friday, June 25th, 2021: ***

The latest information regarding the building collapse was provided during a news conference just a few minutes ago.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said at the beginning of the news conference that we have 120 people accountable for and 159 people unacceptable, and we can tragically confirmed the death count is now at four.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava added that the latest numbers are very fluent, and we will update the public as we get them.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said the search operations continued overnight from above and below in the building collapse, and heavy machinery has been brought into the site to help to help in assists in the operations.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said the United States President has activated FEMA for this incident; they will assist in our efforts including for the recovery efforts and fir the families affected.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said people affected by the building collapse are being assisted with food, shelter, money for basic essentials and grief counseling.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava added that at this time we have received all of the goods and volunteers that we can handle, and we are grateful for the help received.

Also, Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said that we have two websites for cash donations; Support Surfside and The Chesed Fund (Website Links Posted at End of Post).

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said we will continue our search efforts.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department and Miami-Dade Police Department confirmed during a news conference that to death total is now 4 fatalities as the search operations continue Friday for anybody trapped in the building collapse rubble.

According to the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Ray Jadallah, search operations continued overnight.

There are 130 people searching in the search operations, from above and below including using light equipment below to search for anybody trapped in the rubble.

According to the Miami-Dade Police Department Director Alfredo Ramirez, there has been 4 fatalities recovered from the scene, and we are working to identify the victims and contact next of kin.

Victim advocates are on scene and helping.

The Miami-Dade Police Department is here supporting firefighters, and making sure the area is secured.

Picture: Miami-Dade Police Department (Courtesy)

Access into the area around the building collapse is restricted due to ongoing search operations.

According to the Miami-Dade Police Department, Collins Ave, Harding Ave and Northbound lanes on Byron Ave from 85th to 90th Street have been temporarily closed due to the building collapse, and southbound lane on Byron Ave is open.

Motorists should expect heavy traffic delays in the area and seek alternate routes.

According to Florida Division of Emergency Management Kevin Guthrie, mutual aid request for more search and rescue crews to come was accepted.

An addition 18 teams from through Florida have been active.

At 12:26 a.m. ET, FEMA category 8 was activated for more help and resources in the search operations.

According to the American Red Cross Regular Disaster Officer Ryan Logan, we are on scene and have set up center to help people reunite and assist them following the building collapse; providing a services, lodging and mental health assistance.

We have mobilize resources, supplies and trained worked locally and from throughout the country to help provide support, including medical health and spiritually.

The American Red Cross is assisting survivors, who will be placed in hotels for the time being.

A family reunification center has been set up for anyone looking for unaccounted or missing relatives at a community center at 9301 Collins Ave.

Those searching for their loved ones or to report that they have been located are asked to call: 1(305)614-1819.

An emergency information hotline has also been created: 1(305)993-1071.

During questions section of the news conference, the Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava was asked if this was still as search and rescue operations.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said that that we still have hope, that is why we are still searching for people.

Search and rescue crews are listening for sound of life in the rubble.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava was then asked if this sick hole under the building.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said that she can’t confirmed that.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava was later asked to describe those who are working in the search operations.

Mayor of Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said the workers there are dedicated and motivated to continue to search for people; they are risking their lives as the scene is still dangerous from still falling debris from the building collapse.

Picture: Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department (Courtesy)

The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department have received many messages from the public asking how to help those impacted by this devastating incident, and are encouraging those who want to help to visit the Support Surfside website.

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https://supportsurfside.org/

ZachNews and the community sends our thoughts, prayers and condolences to all of the people affected by this tragic residential condo highrise building collapse, and thank to all of the emergency responders who rushed over to save lives.

Stay tuned to ZachNews for the latest information regarding this still developing breaking news story.

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