After Florida Building Collapse, Task Force to Consider Changes to Condo Laws

Explosives were set off Sunday night to bring down the rest of Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Fla. The controlled demolition provides more room for search-and-rescue crews to look for survivors as Tropical Storm Elsa heads toward Florida. Photo: Lynne Sladky/AP

SURFSIDE, Fla.—A task force has been created to investigate Florida’s laws surrounding condominiums and make recommendations for legal reforms to the governor’s office and state legislature in the wake of the building collapse in Surfside, according to people familiar with the plans.

The Florida Bar organized the task force, said Bill Sklar, a South Florida real-estate attorney who said he is chairing the effort. The review will examine all aspects of Florida condominium-board law, as well as laws regarding construction, operations and maintenance, he said.

The goal is to determine whether regulatory changes could minimize the likelihood of another tragedy after the Champlain Towers South building collapsed last month, killing at least 36 and leaving 109 unaccounted for.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Ron DeSantis confirmed the plans for the task force and said the governor will “consider any fact-based, evidence-driven policy recommendations.”

The task force won’t look into the causes of the collapse but instead could recommend changes to regulations and legally mandated disclosures involving condominium buildings. The task force has yet to convene; it was formed late last week and had yet to be formally announced, Mr. Sklar said.

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