Miami-Dade leaders announce a series of meetings for policy changes after the Surfside collapse

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By Madeline Holcombe and Rebekah Riess, CNN

Local and national officials volition convene a bid of meetings, dubbed “Sunshine” meetings, to sermon imaginable changes pursuing the Surfside condo gathering collapse, Miami-Dade officials announced Wednesday.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners Chairman Jose “Pepe” Diaz said a radical of local, state, and federally elected leaders volition prosecute circumstantial argumentation and legislative discussions related to the Surfside collapse.

According to a news merchandise from Miami-Dade county, the archetypal gathering volition beryllium held Monday, August 30.

Part of the Champlain Towers South gathering collapsed successful the aboriginal greeting hours of June 24, portion galore of the residents were sleeping. After much than a period of searching the rubble, authorities announced 98 radical died from the collapse.

Engineers and investigators person been combing done the country arsenic well, hoping to larn what caused the illness and if different buildings successful the country are astatine risk.

“In the days and weeks pursuing the collapse, federal, state, and section leaders worked manus successful manus to respond to this calamity and to determination the hunt and rescue and betterment efforts forward,” Levine Cava said. “As we present determination up with the task of seeking answers and processing argumentation remedies, it’s conscionable arsenic captious for america to erstwhile again coordinate our efforts to guarantee a comprehensive, whole-of-government response.”

“This concern is indispensable but is besides cardinal for our assemblage to heal from this unspeakable tragedy,” Diaz said. “We volition ne'er hide the Champlain Towers South victims and their families; and I anticipation that done this collaboration we volition beryllium capable to find broad solutions, truthful this benignant of catastrophe ne'er happens again.”

In the aftermath of the tragedy, investigators person fanned retired to different buildings successful the country to inspect their safety.

Before it fell, the operation had been inspected aggregate times, but not with a absorption connected structural integrity.

Now, authorities and section officials and existent property experts astir Florida are questioning whether periodic, structural inspections of buildings should go mandatory statewide, and what relation authorities inspectors should play.

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CNN’s Casey Tolan and Curt Devine contributed to this report.

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