Residents in Florida condos fear they could be next

At Crestview Towers in North Miami Beach, seven miles from the collapse in Surfside, residents had just hours to go in and recover their belongings on Friday, a week after an evacuation was ordered to make way for long-delayed repairs. A second condominium in the city also evacuated its residents last week, while a private engineering firm warned officials of dangerous conditions in a condominium in Kissimmee, south of Orlando.

“The likelihood of other buildings like Champlain or Crestview is pretty high,” said Michael Joseph, a city commissioner at North Miami Beach.

The problem was not only with residences: Miami-Dade County officials on Friday announced the full evacuation of the old Dade County Courthouse after an engineering survey identified safety concerns that warranted an immediate closure of the upper floors...

Surfside’s vice mayor, Tina Paul, said that “three or four” other condominiums, besides those at Champlain Towers, had contacted the city over safety concerns.