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Surfside Leaders Reject Land Swap Proposal To Build Memorial On Champlain Towers Site

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PEDRO PORTAL
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The Miami Herald
View of the land that once housed the Champlain Towers South in Surfside after the rubble has been cleared out. The condo at 8777 Collins Ave. in Surfside collapsed early Thursday morning, June 24, 2021. Photo taken on Aug. 10, 2021.

The Surfside commission on Tuesday rejected a proposal to build a memorial to the victims of the Surfside condo collapse by trading public land to the eventual buyer of the property where the Champlain Towers South fell.

Family members of those who died in the collapse and Surfside residents opposed to the plan packed the town’s commission chambers during an emotional and sometimes contentious meeting. An overflow room was set up downstairs due to overcrowding.

Surfside commissioners heard about an hour of public comment before telling the families they would not consider tearing down the town’s community center and building a new one at the collapse site, along with a memorial.

Read more from our news partner at The Miami Herald.