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Evacuation order issued for Miami Beach high rise condo

Florida Daily Life
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(MIAMI BEACH, FL)– Hundreds of people are searching for shelter after being told by city officials the building they were living in was unsafe.

City of Miami Beach officials, in response to an engineering report, declared The Port Royale condo at 6969 Collins Avenue to be structurally unsafe and ordered residents to leave by 7:00 PM Thursday.

The oceanfront building with 164 units was undergoing a required 50-year recertification inspection at the time.

An engineering report obtained by local media pointed to deteriorating beams in the building’s parking garage being of particular concern.

Contractors and engineers will attempt to shore up the beams and other areas of the building showing damage before allowing residents to return.

Cities and counties have become more vigilant with condominium building inspection since the 12-story Champlain Towers South building suddenly collapsed in the early hours of June 24, 2021.

98 people died in the collapse which engineers attribute to a combination of inadequate construction, salt air corrosion and poor maintenance.

Other buildings hit with evacuation orders over structural concerns include the Bayview 60 building in North Miami and the Tequesta Cove condos in Palm Beach County.