Statement Follows BocaNewsNow.com Reporting That At Least One Building Dates Back To Lyndon Johnson Administration.
Realtor: “BocaNewsNow.com Is A Liability To Boca Raton (For Reporting Building Ages).”
BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The City of Boca Raton is reacting quickly to resident fears that their buildings may plummet to the ground in a mass-death event similar to Champlain Tower South in Surfside. The reaction comes as BocaNewsNow.com continues to receive threats from condo-owners and real estate agents fearing our listing of old buildings will lower property values.
Boca Raton Mayor Scott Singer, following reporting by BocaNewsNow.com that several buildings date back to the 1970s — with at least one to the 1960s and the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson — issued this statement:
“Our city is working on more stringent standards for certification of buildings. Our building staff has been working with other jurisdictions to determine the best practices. A number of our condos have been working on comprehensive restorations. We can expect more of these efforts and increased steps to ensure the safety and welfare of our residents.”
As we reported this morning, there is outrage that BocaNewsNow.com listed the age of the old buildings on Boca Raton beaches. At least one condo-owner threatened to sue BocaNewsNow.com, claiming that age information is “confidential.” (It’s public record). The upset condo owners fear that reporting that their buildings date back 40 years — or more — will dramatically reduce their property values if potential buyers think they could get socked with huge assessments to rebuild or re-engineer old structures.
Wrote one condo-owner and Realtor who lives in 2121 North Ocean Blvd. in an email to BocaNewsNow.com Monday afternoon: “Your article (s) on Boca’s beach condos are unacceptable. You are a liability to Boca Raton. I am hopeful many will follow my steps in reaching out to you to tell you we have zero interest in your material. I fully understand most will remain quiet, while terminating any future interest in your publication. I look forward to an alternative. See you on the other side…God Bless..”
If you are considering the purchase of a condo in Boca Raton, it’s helpful to know the age of the building. Here, again, is our list based on public records:
Boca Tower Condominium at 2121 North Ocean Blvd. Built 1972.
La Fontana at 2003 North Ocean Blvd. in Boca Raton. Built 1981.
The Brighton at 2000 North Ocean Blvd. in Boca Raton. Built 1979.
Ocean Reef Towers at 2066 North Ocean Blvd. in Boca Raton. Built 1973.
Parker Highland East Condominium, at 4605 South Ocean Blvd. in Highland Beach. Built 1981.
Boca Mar Condominium Apartments at 310 South Ocean Blvd. in Boca Raton. Built 1972.
Beresford Condominium at 350 South Ocean Blvd. in Boca Raton. Built 1977.
Chalfonte Condominiums at 500 South Ocean Blvd. in Boca Raton. Built 1975.
Cloister Beach Towers at 1200 South Ocean Blvd. in Boca Raton. Built 1966.
The Addison on the Ocean at 1400 South Ocean Blvd. in Boca Raton. Built 1985.
Stratford Arms at 2600 South Ocean Blvd. in Boca Raton. Built 1974.
Records reviewed by BocaNewsNow.com do not show renovation or inspection information. There is no immediate indication that any of these buildings are unsafe. The City of Boca Raton will be inspecting every building to ensure structural integrity and code compliance.
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