UPDATED 7:07 AM PT – Wednesday, July 8, 2021
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) vowed to investigate the cause of the deadly condo building collapse, but said it may still be too soon to reexamine other high-rise buildings. State officials are determined to ensure the Surfside condo collapse remains a one-time occurrence.
During an interview Wednesday, reporters asked Gov. Ron DeSantis whether older structures across the state need to be reexamined and recertified. He said based on conversations with experts, the recent collapse may have been an isolated issue.
“I think this building had problems from the start, let’s just put it that way,” stated the governor. “And so, we’ll see when we need to do that, but I wouldn’t jump to conclusions about it.”
In tribute to lives lost, our rescue teams held a moment of silence & prayer near the Surfside building collapse. With heavy hearts, we begin search & recovery efforts, and will continue to give our all as our commitment still remains to reunite families with their loved ones. pic.twitter.com/FJ7GKWXhXn
— Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (@MiamiDadeFire) July 8, 2021
Last week, the city manager of North Miami Beach ordered an audit of structures built more than 40 years ago, ensuring they abide by local safety codes and recertification mandates. Additionally, about 300 residents of another nearby condo were unexpectedly ordered to evacuate their homes Friday, in turn, leaving many of them homeless and in distress.
After an inspection carried out by the same engineer who suggested the evacuation, that building has been deemed “safe for occupancy.” DeSantis has promised to act immediately should any other investigation find problems with other buildings.