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Remembering the 98 dead from the Surfside building collapse one year later

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People gather at a vigil, late Monday, June 28, 2021, in Surfside, Fla. The vigil remembered those that died, are missing and those injured after a residential building collapsed last Thursday. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

Today is the one year anniversary of the deadly Surfside condo collapse that killed nearly one hundred people in the middle of the night.

A public memorial is planned for 10:00 this morning for family members, emergency officials and politicians.
Rescue crews will read the names of the 98 victims and a torch will burn in their memory at Veterans Park.

First Lady Jill Biden is among the speakers at today’s memorial.

The failure of Champlain Towers South was the single deadliest structural disaster, not caused by terrorism, in American history.

Within six months of the collapse, Miami-Dade County received nearly 100 building safety complaints from residents complaining about cracks, leaks, and delays in their mandatory 40-year recertification process, according to records.

The Florida legislature passed sweeping laws during a special session this summer to insure another building does not fall.

The law mandates frequent inspections for building over three stories tall, especially those near the water statewide and fully funded reserves.