Surfside Condo Owners Will Have Deposits for Champlain Towers South Repairs Returned

Some previous residents of the collapsed condominium in Surfside, Florida, will have $2.4 million in deposits returned to them after the reimbursement was approved by a judge, the Associated Press reported. The deposits were made by condo owners to help pay for $15 million in major repairs planned for the building.

The same judge, Michael Hanzman of Miami-Dade's Circuit Court, gave the green light Wednesday to a sale of the Champlain Towers South site, with proceeds to go back to those affected by the collapse. Court records show that the property could go for between $100 million and $110 million, the AP reported.

The collapse of the buildings has triggered reviews of other older buildings. This includes two now-evacuated high rises in Miami-Dade County and a three-story apartment building in the county that was evacuated following a partial roof collapse, according to officials.

For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below:

Surfside Debris
A judge has approved returning $2.4 million in deposits that some Champlain Towers South condo owners had made toward an assessment to pay for $15 million in planned major repairs. Above, a worker waits to load his truck with debris from the rubble as removal and recovery work continues at the site of the collapsed condo on Wednesday in Surfside, Florida. Lynne Sladky/AP Photo

At the building with the partial roof collapse, helicopter footage from WSVN showed that a long section of roof overhang had fallen off one side of the complex to the ground below. The roof didn't appear to have collapsed into any units. Fire rescue spokesperson Erika Benitez confirmed that the damage was limited to the building's exterior.

Efforts to recover human remains from the debris of the Champlain Towers South condo are nearing an end. Miami-Dade police identified six more victims on Thursday, meaning that 92 of the 97 confirmed dead have been identified. County officials have accounted for at least 240 people connected to the building, with just a few still classified as missing, or "potentially unaccounted for."

A county statement late Thursday said the task of identifying victims had become increasingly difficult, relying heavily on the medical examiner's office and expert technical and scientific work. More than 26 million pounds of debris and concrete have been removed as recovery work continues.

A cause has not yet been pinpointed for the collapse, although there were several previous warnings of major structural damage at the 40-year-old building.

Surfside Memorial
Molly MacDonald hangs a sign on behalf of Princeton Church at a makeshift memorial remembering the victims of the nearby collapsed Champlain Towers South building on Wednesday in Surfside, Florida. Lynne Sladky/AP Photo