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Collapsed Surfside building shook due to construction nearby, new lawsuit against condo association alleges

Summary List PlacementThe second lawsuit filed against the Champlain Towers South Condominium Association alleges that the building used to shake when the neighboring residential complex was under construction. The lawsuit, filed by building resident Steve Rosenthal, alleges that "numerous complaints" were filed about the condominium shaking and noted that each of the complaints occurred after research showed signs of sinking in the land around the building. Florida International University professor Shimon Wdowinski reported in 2020 that the beachfront location of the condominium showed several signs of land subsidence, or sinking, during the '90s. Rosenthal alleges in his lawsuit that the building's...

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The second lawsuit filed against the Champlain Towers South Condominium Association alleges that the building used to shake when the neighboring residential complex was under construction.

The lawsuit, filed by building resident Steve Rosenthal, alleges that “numerous complaints” were filed about the condominium shaking and noted that each of the complaints occurred after research showed signs of sinking in the land around the building.

Florida International University professor Shimon Wdowinski reported in 2020 that the beachfront location of the condominium showed several signs of land subsidence, or sinking, during the ’90s. Rosenthal alleges in his lawsuit that the building’s vibration increased the rate the building was sinking, further weakening the structure of the condominium.

The Champlain Towers South Condominium Association’s building upkeep has been scrutinized since the building’s collapse on June 24. Recent reports have shown that:

As of Tuesday morning, 11 people are confirmed dead from the building’s collapse and 150 are unaccounted for. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said that over 300 first responders have been working on rotating shifts.

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden are traveling to the site on Thursday to scope out the damages in person.

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