Boca Raton's Condo Safety Inspections Get Underway

Some South Florida condo associations are preparing for safety inspections.

The City of Boca Raton was the first in the state to pass new recertification requirements in the wake of the Surfside condo collapse in Miami-Dade County last year.

Mayor Scott Singer says the first 14 buildings must have reports submitted to the city by February 1.

"We decided to divide the city up into four geographic zones, starting with the east and working our way away from the ocean. So the buildings that are first going to be certified meet the height and age requirements, and are within that zone closest to the beach."

The buildings are 30-years old or older and greater than three-stories tall.

Florida lawmakers failed to pass any statewide recertification laws during this year's regular Legislative session.

The 14 buildings in Zone 1 are:

Atrium Association, Boca Inlet Condominium; Cloister Beach Towers; Cloister Del Mar; Lulu’s Abode; Newth Gardens; Newth Gardens South; Ocean Reef Towers Condominium; Royal Colonial Apartments; Sabal Point Condominium; Sabal Ridge Condominiums; Sabal Shores Apartments; TGM Oceana; and Three Thousand South Associates.

Some of those buildings were built as early as 1965.

Each property owner will have to pay the city $500 for the inspections, which are costing the city an estimated $250,000 per year.

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