September 20, 2022
September 19 Surfside Remembrance Committee Meeting
The Town of Surfside's Remembrance Committee met on Monday, September 19 with representatives from DAMAC Properties and Safadie Architects to begin discussions around a permanent memorial.
🎥Watch the meeting.
September 16, 2022
Surfside Remembrance Committee to Meet with DAMAC Properties and Partners to Discuss Permanent Memorial
The Town of Surfside will be re-engaging its Surfside Remembrance Committee on Monday, September 19 at 6 p.m. to begin discussions surrounding a permanent memorial honoring the 98 souls lost in the building collapse of June 24, 2021.
Through the counsel of family members of the 98 deceased, Surfside Mayor Shlomo Danzinger is leading organizational efforts to bring all parties, including land owner DAMAC Properties and partner Safadie Architects, to the table to find common ground for a fitting memorial on or as close as possible to the 8777 Collins Avenue site itself.
The Committee will be expanding with additional family members joining the first group which also includes representation from Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava’s Office. Surfside Town Manager Andrew Hyatt will also support the Committee.
"Our community continues to mourn the loss of our 98 family members, friends and neighbors each and every day. Not a single day goes by without us remembering. The passing of time serves only to reaffirm our commitment to a proper, permanent site of remembrance on or as close to the land as possible. I am grateful and optimistic that DAMAC and Safadie are taking the time to meet with and hear directly from the family members and the Town,” said Danzinger.
In June, the Town and Committee organized a series of poignant events to mark the first anniversary of the collapse. A public event was held on June 24 with participation from family members, survivors, first responders and elected officials including First Lady of the United States Dr. Jill Biden and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis among others. The Florida Legislature also paid their respects by designating that portion of Collins Avenue as “98 Points of Light Way.” Family members and first responders were on hand for the unveiling ceremony held last month.
Earlier this summer, the Town unveiled a temporary windscreen banner with the names of each of the 98 which reads “Fathers, Mothers, Sons, Daughters, Brothers, Sisters. 98 Souls, Forever in Our Hearts.” Now that DAMAC has acquired the land, the banner will likely have to come down in the coming weeks.
All Surfside Remembrance Committee meetings are public and streamed live on the Town’s website. Watch on Channel 663.
June 25, 2022
Monday, September 19 at 6 p.m.
9293 Harding Avenue, Town Commission Chambers, 2nd Floor.
WATCH THE PUBLIC REMEMBRANCE EVENT.
On Friday, June 24, 2022, hundreds gathered as the Town of Surfside honored the 98 souls tragically lost on June 24, 2021.
On Wednesday, July 20 at 8:09 p.m., the Town of Surfside held a gathering alongside Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (MDFR) to extinguish the symbolic torch burning in honor of the 98 souls lost last year. The date marked one year since the last of the 98 was recovered.