A Florida commission is proposing changes to the state law that legislators passed last year in response to the deadly Surfside condo collapse.
Aerial view of South Florida along with the new report by the Florida Building Commission
If state lawmakers want to keep the distinction between coastal and inland buildings, the commission recommends it come up with boundaries on a map, or that the state use the Coastal Construction Control Line to determine distance from the coast.
the June 2021 collapse of the Champlain Towers South in
Surfside that killed 98 people, Miami-Dade and Broward were
the only counties statewide to have a 40-year
The building commission is also seeking authority to create an inspection safety and milestone program, as well as the ability to change or create new rules. Those requirements could be strengthened at a local level.
The May 2022 law also eliminated condo and homeowners’ associations’ ability to waive the funding of their reserves. They now have until the end of 2023 to raise their monthly dues or enact special assessments to fully fund their reserves, if needed.
In Miami-Dade County, condo and homeowners’ associations are now required to publicly disclose their financial and structural health. As of Feb. 1, such associations have to file structural reports, financial statements, insurance policies, budgets, and major planned projects, and continue to do so on an annual basis.