Florida condo units declared unsafe amid new building scrutiny

Residents of a Florida condo were told they should leave their homes Wednesday after local officials declared parts of the property “unsafe,” a report said.

Walkways could crumble at the three-building complex in Kissimmee, outside of Orlando, the Osceola County Building Department warned 72 residents on Wednesday, Fox 35 Orlando reported.

The alert came after an engineering report and amid heightened scrutiny across the country over potential hazards of deteriorating infrastructure sparked by the deadly condo collapse in Surfside, Fla.

“Osceola County acted quickly in the best interest of public safety by declaring the structures unsafe on Wednesday morning, which was an immediate action after it learned of the engineering report performed on behalf of the Condominium Association/management company,” county spokesman Mark Pino told the TV station.

The inspection was initiated prior to the Surfside tragedy and the integrity of the building itself isn’t in question, Pino said, according to the station.

The spokesman didn’t immediately respond to an email from The Post late Wednesday.

The collapse of the 12-story Champlain Tower South last Thursday after a litany of structural problems noted over the years has many municipal officials scrambling to avoid a repeat. Audits of older buildings have been ordered in municipalities, including in Miami-Dade County, where Surfside is located.

A dog working with search and rescue personnel barks to alert them after sniffing a spot atop the rubble at the Champlain Towers South.
A dog working with search and rescue personnel barks to alert them after sniffing a spot atop the rubble at Champlain Towers South.
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Miami-Dade County’s Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that she is hoping the collapse is an anomaly although sinking buildings are an issue in that part of the state.

The reason for the building collapse hasn’t been determined. There are 18 people confirmed dead and 145 people still missing as rescue and recovery efforts continue.

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