Mayor signs order to demolish remainder of building in Fla. condo collapse

NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL - JULY 02: A general view of the Crestview Towers Condominium on July 2, 2021 in North Miami Beach, Florida. More than 300 residents of the Crestview Towers Condominium are being evacuated after a building inspection report turned in by the condo association outlined structural and electrical conditions. (Photo by Eva Marie Uzcategui/Getty Images)

A general view of the Crestview Towers Condominium on July 2, 2021 in North Miami Beach, Fla. (Eva Marie Uzcategui/Getty Images)

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Miami officials have signed an emergency order to demolish the remaining part of the building from the Surfside condo collapse. Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava (D) announced the order on Friday, however it remains unclear when the demolition will occur.

The mayor said bringing the structure down as quickly as possible is critical to protect the community. “The demolition of the building is going to proceed based on the recommendations of the engineers, as we stated yesterday and as I stated today, that is going to take time,” said Levine Cava.

The mayor said it is likely to take weeks and that it’s not possible from any perspective to move more rapidly than that. She stressed the concern involved in compromising the search, but that the building itself poses certain risks. Officials say they are trying their best to balance the two.

This comes after the city of North Miami Beach closed a 156-unit condominium building, citing unsafe structural and electrical conditions. On Friday, residents in the Crestview Towers Condominium were forced to collect their personal items after an audit found the building suffered unsafe structural and electrical conditions.

North Miami Beach launched a review of all high-rise buildings above five stories to determine if they’re in compliance with the city’s 40-year recertification process in wake of the Surfside collapse.

Meanwhile, authorities warn the complex operation at Surfside still faces more challenges including weather, the approaching Hurricane Elsa and the rest of the building threatening to collapse.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said, “it is possible that this area could see a tropical storm…our Department of Emergency Management is assuming that will happen and making the necessary preparations to be able, obviously, to protect a lot of the equipment. You could potentially have an event with the building as well.”

Meanwhile, Mayor Levine Cava said their top priority remains with the search and rescue. “I want to be very clear about that, and we will take no action that will jeopardize our ability to continue the search and rescue mission,” said the mayor.

In the meantime, authorities are still conducting investigations into what caused the collapse.

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