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Posted on: July 1, 2021

A Message from the City Manager Regarding the Review of Building Structures in Aventura

Building Inspections

From the Office of the City Manager

An update regarding the City's response to the Surfside building collapse tragedy.

This past week has been heartbreaking for our entire community. Like all our neighbors, Aventura has offered support for Surfside in any way we can. We will continue to support them as they emerge from this tragedy. As the City of Aventura City Manager, I want to take this moment to address our concerned residents regarding the safety of their buildings. As you all can imagine, the City is receiving many calls regarding the safety of our residential buildings. We are currently complying with the Miami-Dade County request to review all of our structures that are over 40 years of age, over 5 stories and have completed - or in the process of completing - their 40-year certification.

At this time the City is: 

  • Reviewing all certification reports and revisiting all the buildings that satisfy the County's requirement listed above.
  • Tracking and responding to all requests to inspect specific concerns regarding building structural integrity. For example, we have received calls identifying cracks in floors and ceiling, rust spots on concrete, possible spalling inside building garages, etc. An inspector is responding to each and every location and if it is determined, we will be requiring the building management to have an engineer report prepared to ensure a course of action is determined to address the issue. In most of these instances, there is not a need for that because most properties are generally well maintained and in good repair.  

As the City moves forward with this process, I would respectfully ask that the community remain calm and let our Building and Code Compliance Divisions conduct their reviews of our buildings and determine if there is more to be done.  Please understand that Miami-Dade County operates under some of the most stringent building regulations and codes in the United States, and safety and security is the most important aspect.

For questions or concerns regarding the 40-year certification process, please email the Community Development Department at code@cityofaventura.com or call the Department at 305-466-8940.

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