5 Policy Changes To Prevent Another Surfside Tragedy

By Michael Polentz and Daniel Abram (October 25, 2021, 6:04 PM EDT) -- In June, Champlain Towers South — a 40-year-old, 12-story condominium complex in Surfside, Florida — partially collapsed, representing one of the deadliest structural building failures in U.S. history. This article discusses five policy changes that will likely arise as a result of the tragedy to help ensure such a catastrophe never happens again.

1. Building regulations will be strengthened and more strictly enforced.

At the time of the Surfside disaster, Florida's building regulations were considered to be among the strictest in the nation since the 1950s.

One major reason is that many high-rise condominium complexes were built along Florida's coast and...

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