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President Office — Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 24, 2022

CONTACT: Katie Betta, Florida Senate, (850) 487-5229,
Jenna Sarkissian, Florida House, 850-717-5275


Statements from The Florida House & Senate on Surfside Legislation Added to Special Session D

Tallahassee —

With the addition of legislation to address the 2021 Surfside condominium collapse to the ongoing Special Legislative Session D, legislative leaders and bill sponsors in both chambers have released the following statements: 

Speaker Chris Sprowls (R-Palm Harbor) said: “We will never forget the pain, confusion, and sorrow the community and state felt when the Surfside condominium building collapsed and took 98 lives with it. The Florida Legislature has grappled with reaching a consensus on what meaningful reform looks like, but today we have arrived at an agreement that will help to ensure this kind of tragedy never happens again. Notably, the Surfside legislation will include a House-championed reserve that is required to be fully funded by condominium owners and boards to ensure that repairs and maintenance can be covered and not put off until it’s too late. The victims, survivors, and their families deserve reform with integrity and real impact, and that is and always has been our commitment to the people of Surfside and residents of Florida.”

Senate President Wilton Simpson (R-Trilby) said, “I am grateful to all of the legislators and other stakeholders who worked diligently on this issue over the last several months. While we can never replace the 98 lives we lost in the collapse of the Champlain Tower South, we can honor their memory with strong reforms that will better protect condo owners and residents moving forward.” 

Representative Daniel Perez (R-Miami), Pandemics & Public Emergencies Chair, said: “After I witnessed the tragedy of Surfside, the number one priority for me this past session was to pass meaningful condominium reform. I have always been willing to discuss what that looks like, but I was never willing to pass legislation that did not solve the real issue, which is to ensure there is association funding to fix the problems discovered during inspections. I am hopeful, with the commitments from Senate leadership, to pass real reform this Special Session, and in doing so honor the lives lost as well as the survivors and their loved ones.”  

Senator Jennifer Bradley (R-Fleming Island), Chair of the Senate Committee on Community Affairs said, “During the regular session, we made tremendous progress toward passing important condo safety measures that will protect Floridians from the devastation that we saw in Surfside last year. As we have continued to work on this important issue, I believe we have found the right balance between requiring critical protections to ensure the structural integrity of condo buildings and allowing for the boards to manage funds paid by homeowners.”