Miami courthouse shut down over ‘safety concerns’ after condo collapse

The Miami-Dade County Courthouse has been shut down after engineers uncovered “safety concerns” in the wake of the deadly collapse of a beachfront building in nearby Surfside, according to authorities.

Employees of the historic Florida courthouse will begin working from home Monday after inspectors “identified safety concerns with various floors,” county Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said in a statement Friday.

An engineering review of the building, constructed in 1928, was conducted after the June 24 collapse of Champlain Tower South raised concerns about the condition of structures in the coastal area.

“Some structural concerns were identified, some columns that needed to be, some support work that needed to be done,” Levine Cava said of the courthouse, according to CNN.

“And so hopefully it can be done quickly and we can return to normal operations at the courthouse.”

The mayor said the work will focus on the 16th floor and above at the 28-story building, which was designated a landmark in 1985.

The aftermath of the Surfside condo collapse
Rescue efforts continue at the site of the deadly condo collapse in Surfside.

Levine Cava said court proceedings will go on remotely.

The announcement came as first responders continue to sift through the rubble at the collapsed condo site, where 90 people were confirmed dead as of Sunday morning, with 31 still unaccounted for.


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