On June 24, 2021, at approximately 1:22 a.m. EDT, Champlain Towers South, a 12-story beachfront condominium in the Miami Beach suburb of Surfside, Florida, United States, partially collapsed. Ninety-eight people died. Four people were rescued from the rubble, but one died of injuries shortly after arriving at the hospital.
In the aftermath of this horrific tragedy, the State of Florida has responded by passing Chapter 553 Section 899 of the 2022 Florida Statutes (https://m.flsenate.gov/Statutes/553.899) mandating what are referred to as “Milestone Inspections” targeting the structural integrity and safety of condominiums and cooperatives of 3 stories or more and 30 years or older. If the building is located within 3 miles of coastline, the age threshold is 25 years or older. Also, the Milestone Inspection must be conducted every 10 years after the building’s 30th birthday ( every 7 years after the building’s 25th birthday if within 3 miles of coastline).
When does it take effect?: December 31, 2022
Are milestone inspections required for all buildings in Florida three (3) stories or more in height?