residents are still displaced from their homes more than
three weeks after they were forced to evacuate the building.
North Miami Beach
officials ordered the 156-unit building evacuated following
an audit of high-rise buildings, 40-years-old or older. The
move came after the condo collapse in Surfside.
The Crestview Towers Condominium was the subject of a Jan.
11 recertification report that found the building "was
structurally and electrically unsafe," according to city
The most recent inspection from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue shows
39 code violations at the condo building.
“We put most of them in a safe hotel setting as we continue
to work to find them housing,” Ron Book, the chairman of the
Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust said.
The Homeless Trust was
one of the organizations that stepped in to help following
Book said they placed residents with no place to go in
hotels, but they won’t be covering the cost.
“We intend to send a bill to the condominium association for
the cost we are out paying right now,” Book said.
It’s something that residents will be paying through their
monthly maintenance fee, according to the condo association
attorney Mariel Tollinchi.
“It’s been a group effort, but the association is accepting
responsibility for it and they are going to be billed for
it,” Tollinchi said.
During a Zoom call with NBC 6 Responds, Crestview Towers
residents questioned why they were not given more notice
before they were evacuated.
“All of us feel that we shouldn’t have been kicked out of
our homes. We should have stayed and asked for more
information,” a resident told NBC 6.
NBC 6 Responds took those concerns to North Miami Beach City
Manager Arthur Sorey III.
“The city was in the same position as the residents," Sorey
said. "Me nor anybody on my staff woke up the morning of
July 2 knowing they were going to have to evacuate this
Despite the condo’s 40-year recertification being years
overdue, Sorey said the city did not get the documents
showing the building was unsafe until they requested them
during the recent audit.
“I empathize with the residents of Crestview but we had a
moral and legal obligation to take a stand at that point to
make sure everyone is safe,” Sorey said.
But for some residents, time is running out.
People, who are currently in hotels set up by the Homeless
Trust, have until this week to find housing.
We are told the Homeless Trust is working with the county to
come up with a plan in case more buildings have to be
A spokesperson for the City of North Miami Beach told NBC 6
they cannot provide a timeline for residents to return,
adding it depends on when the HOA corrects the violations
noted by the city and fire department.