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Charlie Crist defends repealing condo law that may have prevented Surfside collapse

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Former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, smiles while speaking to supporters at a victory party after Florida’s primary election, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Crist defeated Nan Rich, a former Senate Democratic leader who has been campaigning for governor longer than Crist has been a Democrat. He is the first person in Florida to win the nomination for governor as a Republican and a Democrat. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist, who is running for his old job again, now says he does not regret repealing a law that some say could have prevented the Surfside condo collapse.
Speaking in Sarasota Crist said he supported getting rid of a requirement to file repair estimates for a reserve fund every five years.
Crist defended his decision to repeal a 2008 law requiring condos to get reports on potential repairs from architects or engineers every five years saying at the time it seemed like an unnecessary, but now we have learned the cost of human life if buildings are not inspected at least every five years. Currently only Broward and Miami-Dade counties require a 40 year certification inspection.

Broward attorney Eric Glazer, who is board certified in community association law, says Crist’s “expense” reasoning is flawed for repealing the 2008 law because it also allowed condo unit owners to waive the reserves required to make the repairs…no expense.
Glazer also says that now the Florida legislature is aware that condo buildings can fall down and if they don’t act quickly and something like the Surfside collapse happens again, “the blood will be on their hands.”

One more victim was found Thursday night, raising the death toll to 97 with eight people still missing.

Also, a “for sale” sign might soon be posted on the vacant lot where the building fell three weeks ago.
Miami-Dade County Circuit Judge Michael Hanzman has approved the sale of the property to private developers, even as families of the victims of the building collapse seek a sense of closure. Tax records indicate the oceanfront property could be worth $110-million. Attorney Eric Glazer explains the money will go to the surviving unit owners who will each probably receive around a $1 million.

Listen to the full interview with attorney Eric Glazer here.
Eric Glazer on Condo Collapse