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Condo board boss warned of worsening damage before collapse

Surfside building collapse on June 25, 2021
Posted at 5:07 PM, Jun 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-29 17:07:22-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Weeks before a Florida condo building collapsed, the president of its board wrote that structural problems identified in a 2018 inspection had “gotten significantly worse” and owners needed to pay a hefty price to get them fixed.

The April 9 letter from Champlain Towers South Condominium President Jean Wodnicki hinted at an ongoing debate over the repairs and a reluctance by some condo owners to pay for major work that would cost at least $15.5 million.

She noted that costs had only increased since a 2018 report by engineering firm Morabito Consultants first identified the key issues with weakening concrete.