MIAMI (AP) – The Miami-Dade County Courthouse will begin reviewing repairs immediately after a review caused by the deadly collapse of a nearby condominium, and found that there are security issues in the courthouse, officials said.
A joint statement from several executives released late Friday said an engineer report recommended floors 16 and above be closed to staff at the courthouse. The managers decided that all court staff would go back to work from home.
The courthouse, a historic building completed in 1928, is where most civil cases are processed and contains some administrative offices. Separate court buildings for criminal cases, children’s and family cases are not affected.
The statement said workers only recently returned to the building after working remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic. Court operations will go back to a remote format until the security issues are resolved. Individuals with upcoming lawsuits that are scheduled to take place in person will receive a new notice with instructions, the statement said.
Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, Circuit Court Chief Judge Nushin Sayfie and Clerk of Courts Harvey Ruvin released the statement.
Specific details on what repairs are needed were not disclosed. The courthouse was built in 1928 and added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1989, news outlets reported. The building has 28 floors.
Miami-Dade County is in the early stages of construction of a new townhouse with plans to sell the historic building. Over the years, it has been exposed to leaks, mold and problems with the facade.
The building underwent a review following the collapse of Champlain Towers South in Surfside.
Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said Saturday that 86 people were confirmed dead and 43 were not included.
“Pray for all those who have lost loved ones and for those whose hearts are broken by this unspeakable tragedy.”
Recovery efforts were to continue despite expected bad weather throughout the day. She added that recovery work paused for about an hour after a nearby lightning strike at. 7 on Saturday. No evidence of asbestos has been found at the site so far, she said.
Several other buildings have been inspected to look for any structural concerns, and some – such as an apartment building in North Miami Beach – has been evacuated.
The statement said the basement of the courthouse will also undergo an inspection to determine if further repairs are needed.