Owners of about 50 of the 136 units that
were destroyed in the Champlain Towers South collapse are
asking that a judge consider increasing their settlement
amount, now that the overall recovery amount could top $1.1
Judge Michael Hanzman
has agreed to hold a hearing on the matter next Tuesday,
after the auction for the oceanfront lot concludes.
In a letter to the court-appointed receiver for their condo
association, the owners wrote that the amount of the
settlements announced last week was a "tremendous surprise,"
but also gave them "mixed feelings as we approach the end of
this painful process."
"We are thrilled that the recent settlement for the wrongful
death class exceeded everyone's expectations," they wrote,
"but precisely because of that, we believe that given the
size of the settlement, it merits a reconsideration" of the
$83 million property settlement they previously agreed to.
"We too have been significantly hurt by this tragedy and
need to rebuild our lives," they wrote.
The receiver, Michael I. Goldberg, received the letter on
Sunday and forwarded it to the judge on Monday, with a
request for a hearing, which the judge granted.
An aerial view of the site during a rescue operation of the
Champlain Tower partially collapsed in Surfside, Florida, on July 1,