Grand Jury Report Recommends How to Avoid Another Disaster Like the Surfside Condo Collapse

The Miami-Dade Grand Jury overseeing the Surfside condo collapse has published a new report containing recommendations to help avoid similar events in the future. In the 43 page report, the panel recommended that the 40-year certification process should begin much earlier than 40 years after a residential property is built and said an initial certification inspection should be performed between 10 to 15 years after construction is complete with updates every 10 years. In June, 98 people died after a portion of the Champlain Towers South building in South Florida collapsed in the middle of the night with the majority of the residents inside. The victims ranged in age from 1 to 92. The cause of the collapse is still under investigation by the National Institute of Standard and Technology.