A lost ‘Champlain’ tower languishes in Surfside. Residents don’t know if they’re safe

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Miami Herald

MIAMI — In the late 1970s, a group of Canadian developers swooped into Surfside, a golden-beached winter haven with a dysfunctional small-town government. There they laid the foundations for a cluster of high-rise condo buildings along the coastline just north of Miami Beach, three of which would carry the “Champlain” name. Their fourth tower, the Mirage on the Ocean, doesn’t have the same branding as Champlain Towers South, which partially collapsed in June, killing 98 people, or its sister towers, Champlain Towers North and East. But the Mirage does share disconcerting similarities with Cham…

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