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Cancelled on Oct. 26, 2023

WHEREAS, section 252.38(3)(a) Florida Statutes, gives authority to political subdivisions to declare and enact a State of Local Emergency for a period of up to seven days, thereby waiving the procedures and formalities otherwise required of the political subdivision by law; and

WHEREAS, chapter 8B of the Code of Miami-Dade County grants the County Mayor the authority to declare a Local State of Emergency and authorizes the County Mayor to issue and to take various actions to address such emergency; and

WHEREAS, in the early morning of June 24, 2021, a portion of the residential building located at 8777 Collins Avenue, known as Champlain Towers South Condo, collapsed in on itself; and

WHEREAS, County and municipal first responders were immediately deployed to the area to aid in the search and rescue operation in the Town of Surfside; and

WHEREAS, search and rescue and family reunification operations are still ongoing; however, a substantial number of people are still unaccounted for; and

WHEREAS, Miami-Dade County recognizes the extreme potential for significant loss of life,

THEREFORE, as County Mayor of Miami-Dade County, I hereby declare a State of Local Emergency that will continue for seven days or if cancelled before that period of time. This Local State of Emergency includes all of Miami-Dade County, both incorporated and unincorporated areas.

Pursuant to this Declaration, further orders may be issued to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the community. Such orders specifically include, but are not limited to, orders related to the items listed in 1.a-n attached. The Deputy Mayors, through the Director of the Office of Emergency Management, are hereby ordered to take whatever prudent actions are necessary to effectuate such orders and to otherwise protect the health, safety, and welfare of the community.