Lawmakers offer support, promise resources after Surfside condo collapse
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Jason Pizzo and Joe Geller are connecting constituents with family reunification efforts.

Florida lawmakers from around the Surfside community are offering support to first responders and people affected by the condo building collapse.

Sen. Jason Pizzo, a Miami Democrat, said his office will help coordinate state resources to help those impacted by the collapse of the Champlain Condo’s South Tower.

“This is a painful moment for our community as families endure pain from the partial collapse of the condo tower in Surfside. Our team is coordinating with local and state resources to effectively deploy all available aid and need as our brave first responders work to save lives during this critical phase of search and rescue,” Pizzo said.

He directed anyone in need of information about a loved one to call the Family Reunification hotline at (305) 614-1819 or visit miamidade.gov/emergency.

“This is an unimaginable tragedy that will require our attention in the hours, days and weeks to come, and we will provide the needed support and comfort to our fellow neighbors and residents as they navigate this enormously difficult time,” Pizzo said.

Rep. Joe Geller, an Aventura Democrat, also provided information on Twitter on a Family Reunification Center at 9301 Collins Ave. in Surfside.

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Weston Democrat, said workers at the scene are scrambling to locate individuals.

“My heart and hopes are in Surfside as hundreds of rescuers from across my community work furiously to search and save residents,” she wrote on Facebook. “We pray the casualties and loss of life are limited and rescuers remain safe as they aid and reunite families impacted by this horrible tragedy.”

Senate Democratic Leader Lauren Book, who represents a Plantation area district, called on all necessary resources to help local government responders.

“My heart goes out to the families who are experiencing immeasurable pain from the partial collapse of the Champlain condo tower,” Book said. “This is a heart wrenching tragedy and it’s critical that all levels of government are deployed to support local officials and first responders as they continue search and rescue efforts.

“Our brave first responders are doing the life-saving work where every second matters and we stand ready to support families and victims as they weather this difficult time.”

Gov. Ron DeSantis is also headed to the site and “bracing for some potentially terrible news.”

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected]


One comment

  • John

    June 24, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    So assuring to know Debbie and Laura are in charge and taking credit for the disaster. Can either use a rebar cutter? Operate a cutting torch? Run a track hoe? Shore up slabs for removal of survivors? Not a chance. Clueless Laura could mess up her bottle blonde hair and Debbie would not know which end of the shovel to hold. But mindless voters elect these two to run our government! To Laura and Debbie, please stay out of the way, keep your useless comments to yourself and your dumb ass mouths closed.

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