Fall of Surfside condo unleashes frenzy of enforcement action by building departments
Excavators dig through the remains from the collapsed 12- story Champlain Towers South condo building on July 9, 2021 in Surfside, Florida. - Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images North America/TNS

MIAMI — The collapse of the Champlain Towers South building in Surfside introduced a new term to the non-condo dweller’s lexicon: 40-year recertification. Now, after the disaster in Surfside, everyone’s heard of them. And cities throughout Miami-Dade are in a frenzied rush to see which condo buildings within their boundaries are in line for the critical 40-year structural checkup that Champlain Towers South was about to undergo when it shockingly without warning fell — and which other Miami-area buildings are overdue. The Champlain collapse has raised questions about whether municipal authorit...