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MIAMI-DADE COUNTY DECLARATION OF LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY

WHEREAS, section 252.38(3)(a) Florida Statutes, gives authority to political subdivisions to declare and enact a Local State of 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, collapsed in on itself; and

WHEREAS, Miami-Dade County first responders were immediately deployed to the area to aid in the search and rescue operation at the disaster site; and

WHEREAS, investigation operations are still ongoing; and

WHEREAS, Miami-Dade County recognizes the significant loss of life; and

WHERAS, the Miami-Dade Police Department has jurisdiction over the property at 8777 Collins Avenue as an investigative scene and to preserve the evidentiary value of such material; and

WHEREAS, section 252.38(3)(a), Florida Statutes and Chapter 8B of the Code of Miami-Dade County authorizes the Mayor to extend the Local State of Emergency; and

THEREFORE, as County Mayor of Miami-Dade County, I hereby extend the Declaration of a Local State of Emergency for an additional period commencing on August 12, 2021, that will continue in effect for seven (7) days if not cancelled before that period of time. This Local State of Emergency includes all of Miami-Dade County. Concurrent with this Declaration, I renew all existing Miami-Dade County Emergency Orders, including the authority to take the actions set forth in those Emergency Orders, for the duration of this Declaration.