Another apartment building on a Florida beach evacuated through cracks

A summer apartment rental building located in Holmes Beach, on the west coast of Florida (USA) was evicted as a precautionary measure by the cracks detected in the balconies, local media reported this Tuesday.

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

One of the tenants in the building called the police and said he was concerned about the safety of the building, It seemed unsafe as there were cracks in the balconies.

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

Holmes Beach authorities said they will review options for a local ordinance that regulate engineering inspections, picked up channel 4 CBS Miami.

Triggered alarms

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

Controlled demolition of the still standing portion of the partially collapsed residential building in Surfside (Miami-Dade, Florida, USA).

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

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

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

Investigation

The origin or causes of the collapse have not yet been identified, although there were several advance warnings of structural damage important in the residential tower of 55 apartments.

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

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

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