Commissioners of Surf Meet as Champlain Towers South Memorial Discussions Continue

SURF SIDE, Florida. – In the Champlain Towers South in Surfside, where 98 souls died when part of a condominium building suddenly collapsed in the middle of the night, there are stories of interrupted lives and broken families.

That day in June 2021 was the darkest hour for Pablo Rodriguez. He lost his mother and grandmother, affectionately known as Las Dos Elenas.

“Just driving by, I start crying just thinking about it,” Rodriguez said. “There must be something to remind everyone.”

More than two years later, talk about what a possible memorial might look like continues.

The city is currently seeking ideas from design firms for the Surfside memorial project, which must be submitted by August 3rd.

Commissioners will consider an ordinance Tuesday evening that will ease the inclusion of the memorial by making adjustments.

Rodriguez would like to see something that creates space for reflection.

“It allows people who have lost someone, who know someone who has lost someone, to be able to go there and think about what happened, think about their lives and hopefully some happy memories associated with this place, and at the same time not be overly intrusive to everyone else who may not be related to the situation,” he said.

Meetings start at 5:00 pm and the live stream can be found by clicking here.

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