RESIDENTS of a Miami apartment block that collapsed were reportedly told the tower was in “very good shape” after structural issues were flagged in 2018.

An engineer's report warned that the condo required widespread repairs before it collapsed, killing at least nine and leaving around 150 missing.




Minutes from a board meeting held in November 2018 appear to show that Surfside building official Ross Prieto told residents that the structure was in "very good shape" – after reportedly receiving the report warning about the structural issues, according to the Miami Herald.

Prieto reportedly wrote in the email: "The response was very positive from everyone in the room. All main concerns over their forty-year recertification process were addressed.

"This particular building is not due to begin their forty-year until 2021 but they have decided to start the process early which I wholeheartedly endorse and wish that this trend would catch on with other properties."

When approached, Prieto declined to comment – citing the advice of an attorney.

He claims he "didn't recall" the email which revealed the cost estimates for the repair works.

He said: “I don’t know anything about it. That’s 2018.”



The engineering report revealed: “The failed waterproofing is causing major structural damage to the concrete structural slab below these areas.”

“Failure to replace the waterproofing in the near future will cause the extent of the concrete deterioration to expand exponentially."

The report cited gross structural flaws of Champlain Towers South that required substantial repair of the damaged slabs.

It warned that the underground parking garage was “riddled with abundant cracking”.

Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett told reporters that he will release all documents relating to the condo.

Miami-Dade Mayor Danielle Levine Cava said officials will “get to the bottom of what happened”.

A Surfside building official stood on the roof of the condo to inspect roof anchor replacements just 14 hours before the disaster occurred, the Palm Beach Post reports.

Jim McGuinness told a town emergency meeting that he saw nothing to suggest beforehand that the building would fall.

He said: "There was no inordinate amount of equipment or materials or anything on that roof that caught my building official’s eye that would make it alarming as to this place collapsing."

McGuinness also confirmed that the building had undergone an inspection every 40 years, as required by Miami-Dade law.

An environmental study has since revealed that the building was sinking at a rate of approximately two millimeters a year in the 1990s.

But, professor Shimon Wdowinski warned that the findings are not designed to suggest a reason as to why the collapse occurred.

The 12-story apartment was built on wetlands and underneath its foundation is sand and organic fill, The Washington Post reports.

It was situated on a barrier island that had risen about a foot in the past century due to climate change.

The condo collapse has prompted building audits to take place across Florida, including Fort Lauterdale, Hollywood and Palm Beach county.

Ft. Lauterdale Mayor Dean Trantalis said: “The tragedy that happened in Surfside certainly is a wakeup call for all communities with buildings that were built 40 and 50 years ago.

“We have too many buildings, too many people, too many lives at risk to ignore the potential of what could happen.”

In Palm Beach County, mayor Dave Kerner said there will be a "comprehensive review" of buildings following the high-rise collapse in Surfside.

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