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The following was written for the Ccommunity Associations Institute Advocacy Blog by Dawn Bauman, CAE and Phoebe E. Neseth, Esq. on Jun 24, 2022 and comes as recommended reading by Perkins and Anctil Senior Partner Charlie Perkins

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the partial collapse of the Champlain Towers South Condominium Association in Surfside, Fla. CAI and our Southeast Florida Chapter are attending the Surfside Remembrance event in Surfside to honor those who lost their lives, the loved ones of the victims, and the survivors who lost their home and neighbors in the tragic collapse.

The tragedy took 98 lives. CAI members and staff are committed to pursuing best practices, education, and public policy to make sure this heartbreaking tragedy never happens again.

We remember the victims and honor their memory.

Stacie Dawn Fang, 54 years old, recovered June 24

Antonio Lozano, 83 years old, recovered June 24

Gladys Lozano, 79 years old, recovered June 25

Manuel LaFont, 54 years old, recovered June 25

Leon Oliwkowicz, 80 years old, recovered June 26

Luis Bermudez, 26 years old, recovered June 26

Ana Ortiz, 46 years old, recovered June 26

Christina Beatriz Elvira, 74 years old, recovered June 27

Marcus Joseph Guara, 52 years old, recovered June 26

Frank Kleiman, 55 years old, recovered June 28

Michael David Altman, 50 years old, recovered June 28

Hilda Noriega, 92 years old, recovered June 29

Lucia Guara, 11 years old, recovered June 30

Emma Guara, 4 years old, recovered June 30

Anaely Rodriguez, 42 years old, recovered June 30

Andreas Giannitsopoulos, 21 years old, recovered June 30

Magaly Elena Delgado, 80 years old, recovered June 30

Bonnie Epstein, 56 years old, recovered June 30

Claudio Bonnefoy, 85 years old, recovered July 2

Maria Obias-Bonnefoy, 69 years old, recovered July 2

Not available at the family’s request, 7 years old, recovered July 2

Graciela Cattarossi, 48 years old, recovered July 2

Gonzalo Torre, 81 years old, recovered July 2

David Epstein, 58 years old, recovered July 2

Ingrid Ainsworth, 66 years old, recovered July 5

Tzvi Ainsworth, 68 years old, recovered July 5

Nancy Kress Levin, 76 years old, recovered July 5

Jay Kleiman, 52 years old, recovered July 5

Francis Fernandez, 67 years old, recovered July 5

Graciela Cattarossi, 86 years old, recovered July 6

Gino Cattarossi, 89 years old, recovered July 6

Simon Segal, 80 years old, recovered July 6

Elaine Lia Sabino, 71 years old, recovered July 6

Gary Cohen, 58 years old, recovered July 7

Juan Alberto Mora Jr., 32 years old, recovered July 7

Andrea Cattarossi, 56 years old, recovered July 5

Ruslan Manashirov, 36 years old, recovered July 7

Harold Rosenberg, 52 years old, recovered July 7

Gloria Machado, 71 years old, recovered July 7

Maria Teresa Rovirosa, 58 years old, recovered July 7

Luis Vicente Pettengill Lopez Moreira III, 3 years old, recovered July 7

Sophia Lopez Moreira, 36 years old, recovered July 8

Luis Pettengill, 36 years old, recovered July 7

Vishai Patel, 42 years old, recovered July 6

Bhavna Patel, 36 years old, recovered July 6

Deborah Berezdivin, 21 years old, recovered July 7

Juan Alberto Mora, 80 years old, recovered July 7

Benny Weisz, 31 years old, recovered July 8

Angela Velasquez, 60 years old, recovered July 8

Ilan Naibryf, 21 years old, recovered July 7

Leidy Vanessa Luna Villalba, 23 years old, recovered July 7

Nicole Langesfeld, 26 years old, recovered July 7

Miguel Pazos, 55 years old, recovered July 8

Richard Rovirosa, 60 years old, recovered July 8

Oresme Gil Guerra, 60 years old, recovered July 8

Not available at the family’s request, 5 years old, recovered July 8

Not available at the family’s request, 44 years old, recovered July 8

Ana Mora, 70 years old, recovered July 7

Elena Chavez, 87 years old, recovered July 6

Elena Blasser, 64 years old, recovered July 5

Marina Restrepo Azen, 76 years old, recovered July 7

Maria Gabriela Camou, 64 years old, recovered: July 8

Julio Cesar Velasquez, 66 years old, recovered July 9

Lorenzo De Oliveira Leone, 5 years old, recovered July 8

Alfredo Leone, 48 years old, recovered July 8

Maria Torre, 76 years old, recovered July 8

Richard Augustine, 77 years old, recovered July 6

Luis Sadovnic, 28 years old, recovered July 7

Edgar Gonzalez, 42 years old, recovered July 8

Alexia Maria Pettengill Lopez Moreira, 9 years old, recovered July 7

Anna Sophia Pettengill Lopez Moreira, 6 years old, recovered July 7

Lisa Rosenberg, 27 years old, recovered July 9

Arnold Notkin, 87 years old, recovered July 9

Judith Spiegel, 65 years old, recovered July 9

Margarita Vasquez Bello, 68 years old, recovered July 10

Cassie Billedeau Stratton, 40 years old, recovered July 10

Fabian Nunez, 57 years old, recovered July 8

Catalina Gomez Ramirez, 45 years old, recovered July 10

Nicole Dawn Doran, 43 years old, recovered July 9

Beatriz Rodriguez Guerra, 52 years old, recovered July 8

Andres Levine, 26 years old, recovered July 11

Moises Rodan Brief, 28 years old, recovered July 11

Aishani Gia Patel, 1 year old, recovered July 6

Mercedes Fuentes Urgelles, 61 years old, recovered July 11

Raymond Urgelles, 61 years old, recovered July 11

Luis F. Barth Tobar, 51 years old, recovered July 10

Maria Notkin, 81 years old, recovered July 9

Valeria Barth, 14 years old, recovered July 11

Michelle Anna Pazos, 23 years old, recovered July 9

Mihai Radulescu, 82 years old, recovered July 9

Rosa Saez, 70 years old, recovered July 10

Miguel Leonardo Kaufman, 65 years old, recovered July 9

Maria Popa, 79 years old, recovered July 9

Brad Cohen, 51 years old, recovered July 7

Theresa Velasquez, 36 years old, recovered July 8

Anastasiya Gromova, 24 years old, recovered July 18

Linda March, 58 years old, recovered July 5

Estelle Hedaya, 54 years old, recovered July 20

SOURCE: MIAMI-DADE COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT. VICTIMS LISTED IN ORDER THAT THEY WERE IDENTIFIED BY POLICE.

A year after the partial collapse of the Champlain Towers South Condominium Association, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Tennessee, and Virginia introduced legislation to increase condominium requirements for reserve study and funding.  Florida, Illinois, Maryland, and Virginia passed legislation.

Florida, Hawaii, and Virginia introduced legislation addressing building inspections and structural integrity. Florida and Virginia passed legislation.

Congress established an investigation through the National Institute of Science and Technology and introduced legislation to support funding for SAFER condominium buildings (H.R. 7532).

Today, we remember the victims and their families and honor the memory of those who lost their lives. CAI remains committed to passing legislation to support condominium safety.