Broward County, state leaders working to ensure older buildings are properly maintained

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Senators, members of congress and Broward County leaders are voting on major changes to prevent another tragedy like the one that happened in Surfside.

One of the proposals voted on is to shorten the recertification process for older buildings.

Local leaders describe it as the Wild West, saying some South Florida condos are mismanaged, and there’s little-to-no accountability.

“Who has insurance on what buildings?” asked Florida state Senator, Lauren Book of District 32. “We don’t know that. There is no central repository for whether condo boards are doing what they’re supposed to be doing.”

The Broward Condo Structural Issues Committee held its third meeting Monday to narrow down a list of changes they want to see made.

This is all in response to the tragic building collapse in Surfside on June 24th.

Local legislators, including county and city mayors, along with experts in engineering, law and the environment, have been working on a formal list of changes to building codes and management after the tragedy.

“There were problems of condo governance and there were problems of condo maintenance,” said Broward County Mayor Steve Geller.

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