Surfside and Miami-Dade are still reeling from the tragedy of last week’s condo collapse. (📸: @WendyRhodesFl)
❤️ How to help: Friday’s newsletter shared a roundup of resources from the Miami Herald, Local 10, and NBC 6 South Florida on charity drives, volunteer opportunities, and other ways of chipping in right now. These lists have been kept up to date, and if you’re looking for additional avenues of assistance, Miami New Times and WLRN have compiled exhaustive rundowns of their own.
There’s also Support Surfside, a collaborative effort by several of Miami’s most prominent community organizations to raise funds for anyone who’s been affected. More information is available at the Support Surfside website and donations can be made right here.
Additionally, as covered in Friday’s edition of The New Tropic, officials are asking anyone with loved ones or relatives who lived at Champlain Towers to call 305-614-1819 with updates on whether they’ve been heard from or not. An emergency information hotline can also be reached at 305-993-1071, and authorities are asking folks to fill out a Wellness Check form and share that they’re safe.
In other news...
➡️ As of writing, there are 11 confirmed deaths and 150 people still unaccounted for. Search and rescue efforts remain ongoing, with help arriving from as far away as Israel and Mexico. (NBC 6 South Florida)
📰 Tributes are being shared about the known victims and folks who are still missing. You can read about Luis Fernando Barth, Stacie Fang, Manuel "Manny" LaFont, Ana Ortiz, as well as Gladys and Antonio Lozano at the following links. (NPR / WLRN / Miami Herald)
🗞 Reports have emerged about contractors, inspectors, and local officials who had knowledge of Champlain Towers South Condo’s structural defects prior to its collapse. An anonymous contractor shared photos with the Miami Herald displaying cracked concrete and standing water in the building’s basement-level garage as recently as last Tuesday. Meanwhile, the City of Surfside has released documents showing that city officials were aware as early as 2018 that the condo had suffered water damage and was in need of repairs. (Miami Herald / CBS Miami)
🗣 Experts have begun sharing theories on the chain of events that led to the condo’s collapse based on the available evidence. Several state and local agencies have already commenced investigations, and officials from the National Institute of Standards and Technology — a federal agency that began inspecting building collapses after 9/11 — are already on-site for a preliminary study. (Miami Herald / WLRN)
⚖ At least two lawsuits have been filed against the Champlain Towers South Condominium Association. One is a class-action lawsuit seeking $5 million for those affected by Thursday's events, and the other was brought by Champlain Towers South resident Steve Rosenthal on Saturday. Rosenthal survived the disaster and claims the association knew or should have been aware that “the entire structure was deteriorating and becoming susceptible to catastrophic loss by collapse.” (Local 10)