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 pointed out at a hearing that the amount will come from the insurance disbursement of 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 reasons that still remain. they are the subject of federal investigation.
Hanzman, who stressed that the rights of the victims will be protected, specified that the figure does not contemplate what results from the multiple collective 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 debris and crews of lifeguards worked is now practically clean and clear and, in fact, State Senator Jason Pizzo published photos of the area on your 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 authorities, some 10,000 tons of debris have been removed from the site 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.