Key Biscayne takes action after video on social media shows crack in condo parking garage ceiling – CBS Miami
KEY BISCAYNE (CBSMiami) – The Key Biscayne Village Manager said he took action after a new video on social media shows a long crack in the ceiling of a parking lot under a condominium.
The video has surfaced on TikTok and shows the crack in the ceiling in one of the garages under one of Key Biscayne’s two towers, which were built in 1971 and 1972 at the far end of the village, next to the entrance to Bill Baggs State Park.
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Village manager Steve Williamson told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench: “I saw the video myself and we passed it on to our team and then our structural team will go through it with some really good experts. techniques. Obviously, this is something we need to look at and we’ll get in touch with the owner and figure out what’s the next way to go.
Williamson said it was too early to tell if there was a security risk at the Key Biscayne towers. This is a major concern in the Village where more than half of the 13,000 residents live in condominium buildings.
He said: “Our responsibility is as a government entity with oversight. The owner is ultimately responsible and we will work with him. We’re going to make sure they work with the engineers to make sure they’re up to the Florida building code.
On Wednesday afternoon, the General Manager of Key Biscayne Tours released the following statement:
“The video showed an expansion joint and was not a ‘red flag’ issue.
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Francis Khan says he owns a unit in Tower 2 and has seen the garage video on social media.
He said, “It’s the garage on the ceiling that’s towards the foundation that’s no good. This is what sustains a building. It’s not very nice, but this building has been there for a while and is well constructed, I can tell.
Annie, who declined to give her last name, also lives in Tower 2 and said: “I’m a little nervous but I’m pretty sure the management here will take care of it. I want to know if the problem has been assessed and evaluated. I know the management sent an assessment report to the residents here. I have two young children and I want to make sure they are safe.
Williamson said the village has 88 buildings and has compiled a detailed list of properties that have had their recertification or are in the pipeline.
He said: “We have eight buildings awaiting 40 year recertifications and we have four registered for 50 year certifications, three for 60 years and not two for 70 years.”
He says inspectors will be busy as they step up inspections.
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He said: “Safety is always a concern. Ultimately building safety is important and as we saw in Surfside our hearts are out with everyone. Ultimately it’s about the safety of people and we want to make sure people are safe and sound. “