The judge said Wednesday that a
seaside condominium that killed 98 people would be brought
to justice in March 2023.
It’s about 6 months
later than Miami Dade Patrol Judge Michael Handsman originally
planned, but lawyers in complex and unusual cases have
experts to assess why the 12-story Champlain Towers South
Building collapsed in June 2021. He said he needed more
“It’s a tight deadline, everyone in attendance,” Handsman
said at a de facto hearing. “This proceeding is scheduled to
be tried in March 2023.”
The collapse of the Champlain Tower in Surfside, Florida was
one of the worst building disasters in US history. Federal
and state agencies are investigating what happened, but
probably won’t reach a conclusion for months.
The main lawsuit filed in November was
that work in an adjacent luxury condominium known as Eighty
Seven Park damaged a dilapidated Champlain Towers building
that was already in desperate need of major structural
repairs. Claims to have destabilized.
In the case of
insurance companies, developers of adjacent buildings and
other entities cannot fully assess what happened to
engineers and other professionals in the original plan for
the September trial date.
“It would be impossible to attempt this proceeding in the
fall,” said Michael Goldberg, a recipient appointed by a
court of the Champlain Towers Condominium Association.
The proceedings allege that excavation, stakeout, and other
work is taking place at Eighty Seven Park, which crosses the
city boundaries. Miami beach Vibrations occurred between
2016 and 2019, weakening the unstable structure next door.
In addition, the lawsuit said groundwater was poured from
the new building into the basement of the Champlain Tower
after the developers bought a small road separating the two.
Defendants denied that the construction of the 18-story
Eighty Seven Park Building was the cause of the collapse.
They claimed in a previous statement that the Champlain
Tower was “improperly designed, poorly constructed,
significantly underfunded and poorly maintained.”
The real estate that the now demolished Champlain Towers
South once stood for is now on sale for sale on the best
oceanfront land for about $ 120 million. Plans for a nearby
monument to the deceased are also underway.
The proceedings do not require a specific amount of damages,
but lawyers say it can reach hundreds of millions of
dollars. This all goes to tort allegations and compensates
for those who have lost their condos or belongings in the
Handsman told lawyers not to expect further delays after
March next year.
“This court isn’t working under a loose schedule,” the judge
said. “This proceeding will not continue.”