MIAMI — Residents of a Surfside apartment
complex, owned by the city’s mayor, have been told they have
45 days to vacate the building so extensive repairs can be
made. The move comes on the heels of the deadly Champlain
Towers South collapse in June that killed 98 people.
Burkett informed tenants they will need
to leave by Oct. 24. But they can return to the building
once the renovations are completed in several months.
“For tenants who have paid their rent on time and who have not damaged their unit, any unused rent will be refunded as will your full security deposit,” the email said.
Meanwhile, in court Friday, a judge was told that many personal belongings such as jewelry and photos cannot be recovered from the Champlain Towers collapse.
“A vast majority of the personal property is completely destroyed,” said Michael Goldberg, an attorney appointed as receiver to handle the Champlain Towers’ finances. Many of the 17 safes found at the site, he added, “are cracked open like an egg.”
Miami-Dade County Circuit Judge Michael Hanzman asked at a hearing that officials find a way to allow victims and family members to inspect what has been recovered to locate any belongings.
“These are everybody’s lives,” said survivor Sharon Schechter, who lived on the building’s 11th floor.
“Anything and everything, if it can be given back to us, it should be.”