Inside Tumultuous Before Florida Condo Collapse

An independent panel convened by Graciela M. Escalante recommended choosing Mr. Morabito’s firm on Sept. 13, 2019, despite the fact that his proposal was the most expensive and first elicited “sticker shock” from the committee members.


When Board President Anette Goldstein Resigned

The next day, board president Anette Goldstein resigned, and vice president Nancy K. Levin also resigned, citing frustration with last-minute objections that were delaying repairs.


She added, “This cycle has repeated itself over and over: ego clashes, undermining the roles of fellow board members, distribution of rumor and falsehood.” It is true that I am not painting a nice image of how our board and many others have operated, but it does represent a board that works extremely hard yet is unable to achieve the goals it has set for itself.

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Political War

Ms. Levin, who has lived in the building since it opened, described it as a “political war of egos and power” that had taken over what had once been Surfside’s “jewel.”

Because she disagreed with the other board members who wished to accept $400,000 from the developers of Eighty Seven Park to settle their complaints, Maggie A. Manrara, the treasurer, resigned six days later. In the end, it was rejected by the board.

In The Last

On Oct. 3, 2019, six of the seven board members resigned. Five did so in the two weeks before that date. Ms. Escalante and others voiced their concerns at a board meeting that day. When she was chosen to be the next president, she was able to draw on her experience as the village building official at Bal Harbour, a nearby community.

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