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The memory of the Surfside Condo Collapse pushes Florida’s Leaders on Condominium Reforms

Condominium reforms are necessary to protect residents and minimize the risk of accidents such as last year’s tragic Surfside collapse

A row of condos constructed to accommodate multiple residents.

As the 1-year-anniversary of the Surfside Condo Collapse draws near, Florida leaders and members of the public are advocating for stricter regulations and condominium reforms in the state.

The Call to Action by state leaders

Florida congressional Democrats came together at a press conference, making a call to action for Governor Ron DeSantis to implement stricter measures for condo safety reform. This decision was pushed by congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Shultz, Daniella Levine Cava, and others, and the former also sent a letter to the governor requesting that this be added to next week’s special legislative session.

Others who are a part of this initiative include Mayor of Surfside Shlomo Danzinger,  State Sen. Shevrin Jones, and Martin Langesfeld who lost his sister and brother in law in the tragic accident last year.

Why condominium reforms are necessary

It’s absolutely crucial to implement strict reforms and regulations for condominium construction and maintenance because cutting corners and taking the easy way out has led to travesties in the past like Surside. These state leaders and families want to ensure that an incident like this does not occur again or result in any further loss of life, property, or increased risk of injury for residents. The legislation is an important step in holding builders accountable for their work, the types of materials they use, and the standards they uphold.

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