They will compensate victims.
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The victims and relatives of the 97 killed by the collapse of a residential building in Surfside, South Florida, will initially receive $ 150 million in compensation, a Miami judge reported Wednesday.
Magistrate Michael Hanzman indicated in a hearing that the amount will arise from the dThe insurance reimbursement for Champlain Towers South and the foreseeable sale of the land where the 12-story condominium was erected, which collapsed at dawn on June 24 for causes that are still the subject of federal investigation.
Hanzman, who at the hearing stressed that the rights of the victims will be protected, specified that the figure does not include the results of the multiple class action lawsuits filed after the event in which 97 people died, 95 of them identified by local authorities.
If the victims and relatives wanted, all those complaints can be consolidated into a single class action lawsuit that covers all those affected, the judge said.
This same Wednesday, several South Florida media have realized that the site where until recently there was a mountain of rubble and crews of lifeguards worked is now practically clean and uncluttered and, in fact, State Senator Jason Pizzo He posted photos of the area on his Twitter account.
Attorney Michael Goldberg, appointed by Hanzman to handle the finances of the condominium built in 1981, confirmed at today’s hearing that the area is clear of debris, in a process that has been overseen by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NITS). , for its acronym in English), the agency leading the federal investigation into the collapse.
He added that the remains of the building have been stored in a Miami warehouse that have been considered key evidence for the NITS investigation, whose final report can take years, as well as for the judicial processes.
According to the authorities, more than 22 million pounds (about 10,000 tons) of debris since the building collapsed.
Champlain Towers South was in the midst of a recertification process – a statutory structural and electrical study as a 40-year-old building – when it collapsed in the middle of the night and its occupants were asleep.
Three years earlier, a report by an engineering firm warned of serious structural problems in the building that deserved urgent attention.
DEBATE FUTURE OF THE GROUND
The court hearing also served for victims, relatives and owners of some of the more than 130 apartments that housed the condominium to express their views on what to do on the land valued at about 100 million dollars.
While some want a new condominium to be built on the site that can be inhabited again, others disagreed and, on the contrary, proposed that a memorial be built on the site.
Some pointed out that both options are compatible and that on the land, on the beachfront, a new residential building can be erected that at the same time includes a memorial in honor of the victims and those affected.
“Many people feel that they would like to take back their home”, said Oren Cytrynbaum in the audience.
This owner of an apartment in Champlain Towers South stressed that today for many it would be a “mission impossible” to return to have a property like the one they had in the condominium, “considering the prices of the houses, especially the properties facing the sea. .
The magistrate pointed out that all options must be taken into account, but without letting time pass in view of the fact that the victims need monetary compensation to rebuild their lives.
Among the victims of the event, in addition to Americans, there are Argentines, Cubans, Uruguayans, Colombians, Chileans, Venezuelans, Paraguayans and Israelis, among other nationalities.
The last body to be identified corresponds to Theresa Velasquez, 36 years old, whose body was extracted from the rubble on July 8.
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