Surfside, Florida

I’m sure most of you have read about the collapse of a 12 story condominium tower in Surfside, Florida which is right next door to Miami Beach.  The building, which is 40 years old collapsed without warning at 2 a.m. or so.  Undoubtedly most of those in the building were sleeping.

Thus far 4 bodies have been recovered with 159 still missing.  Only one ten year old boy has been pulled alive from the rubrble.

This is not the sort of thing that happens in America. Buildings do not just fall down here.  Regulation requires that the building receive a complete inspection at the 40 year mark; a more intensive inspection than the annual building inspection. Forty is not old for a building; there are apartment buildings in New York and many other cities well over 100 years old.

So why did this building just collapse.

The building is beach front, populated by the well off and international residents.

Half of the building collapsed; the half CLOSEST TO THE OCEAN.  Previous inspections indicated that the building was sinking at a rate of a couple of millimeters per year.  Over 40 years that sinking would add up to several inches.

Additionally, considering the portion facing the ocean collapsed, the issue of salt water penetration of the pilings will be examined.  Surfside as well as Miami Beach is built on a sand bar where tall buildings probably never should have been built.  But developers saw the possibility of profits from those well off enough to live on the ocean.

Rising ocean levels due to climate change?  Half of Miami is projected to be under water in fifty years.

It has been reported that an elderly woman called her son the night before claiming the building was making strange and funny noses.  She is among the missing.

The collapsed building is right next door to a much taller one.  I think  would sleep in a cheap hotel inland for a few nights..

About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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6 Responses to Surfside, Florida

  1. chicagoguy14 says:

    Was worried about you when I saw the story. Glad you are OK. My heart goes out to all. Keep us informed as we learn more,

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    • toritto says:

      Hi guy! I am no where near Miami. I live in Tampa Bay metro on the Gulf cosst
      My eldest daughter and her familyive in the Miami area. Best regards and thanks for the kind thoughts.

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  2. This is such a horrendous tragedy. I’m sure the residents of all high rises on the ocean are very frightened. A few nights in a motel will not ease the fear for these folks. Heart goes out to them all.

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  3. It never should have been built.

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  4. beetleypete says:

    I knew you didn’t live anywhere near this, so wasn’t concerned about you. But what a terrible disaster for those who were inside and nearby! This is the sort of thing you expect to see happen in the poorest third-world countries. In affluent Miami Beach, it is nothing short of scandalous.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • toritto says:

      No doubt about it Pete. Regulators are looking more closely at the sinking building and rising ocean levels. The streets now flood in this area regularly during a “king tide” when the sun and moon are just in the right aligned position. Best from Florida

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