Insurer fights demolition of Key tower
Hinson, developer of The Ocean Club at Key Biscayne, can't get his
own building torn down.
says Ocean Tower One, weakened by fire damage during a construction
site blaze April 6, could become a hurricane hazard if the site's
insurance carrier continues to block demolition.
City of Key Biscayne issued a demolition order April 20 after engineering
reports showed the tower was "unstable and unsafe and could fail
at any minute," says Eugenio Santiago, Village building official.
order gave Ocean Club Development 30 days to complete demolition.
National Indemnity asked Ocean Club to appeal the order, Mr. Hinson
says. When he refused, the insurance company filed its own appeal
to stay the decision until a meeting of the county's Unsafe Structures
Board held last week.
than 48 hours after the board voted 5-1 against the appeal, Reliance
filed an emergency motion to stop the tower's shell from coming down,
claiming the order doesn't give the company enough time to seek a
restraining order from the Circuit Court.
Village of Key Biscayne, the County's Unsafe Structures Board and
our own building professionals all agree that the South Florida Building
Code requires demolition, that the shell of the structure is too damaged
to be repaired safely and that the building needs to come down,"
Mr. Hinson says. "Every day that Reliance engages in legal maneuvers
to delay the demolition and construction of Ocean Tower One means
more risk and less safety.
structure needs to be demolished now, before the start of hurricane
season, which begins next week."
says Ocean Club has hired Controlled Demolition, a Maryland-based
firm that staged the implosion of Brickell's Esp°rito Santo Bank last
week, to take down Ocean One.