Another Miami apartment building is being evacuated because of structural damage uncovered in a recent inspection, the latest finding to emerge from a citywide review of residential housing spurred by the recent collapse in nearby Surfside.
On Friday, city inspectors visited the apartment building at 6881 Indian Creek Drive, which faces the Intracoastal Waterway in Miami Beach, and determined there wasn’t a need to immediately evacuate despite some concrete deterioration. The property manager was given three days to submit an additional engineering report.
By Monday, residents were being told to leave their homes.
SURFSIDE, Fla. — Modern Florida was built on condos like Champlain Towers South.
“A new lifestyle is evolving in Florida and with it, a new habitat, the condominium,” Florida Trend magazine declared in 1970, when it first used the word. Condos promised an entrée to the Florida dream of sunshine and fresh starts, affordable because it could be shared with a few hundred neighbors.
A condo craze boomed in the 1970s, and Florida, decades after the advent of air-conditioning, insect repellent and swamp dredging, was on its way to becoming the third-most populous state, a frontier land for builders and investors and a powerful lure for people seeking the ultimate Florida reward: life on the beach.