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Search and rescue teams dig through the rubble on June 30.
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The majority of the Champlain Towers Board of Directors has decided to step down in fall 2019 over disputes over the poor response to needed repairs to the condominium complex, the Washington Post reports.

The Post cites the minutes of a Surfside board meeting on October 3, 2019 and the resignation letter from Annette Goldstein, then chairman of the board.

Goldstein was one of five members of the seven-member board who decided to step down, the Washington Post reports.

“We are working for months to move in one direction and at the very last minute objections are raised that should have been discussed and resolved early on,” Goldstein wrote in his September 2019 resignation letter which was obtained by the post.

The resignations came about 11 months after a structural field investigation report raised concerns about structural damage to the concrete slab under the pool deck and “cracks and spalling” in the garage. parking.

The firm that carried out the survey, Morabito Consultants, said it had provided an estimate for “making major and necessary repairs” to the co-owners association. The report did not indicate whether the structure was at risk of collapsing.

Goldstein’s letter seems to indicate growing frustration in trying to fix the problem and pay for the repairs, which were estimated to be around $ 9 million in 2018. But those costs had reached around $ 15 million by the time the work was started. approved by the board in 2021, according to a review letter obtained by CNN. These fees would be paid by residents.

“This pattern repeated itself over and over again, ego battles, undermining the roles of other board members, circulation of gossip and falsehood. I don’t present a very nice picture of how our board works and many others before us, but it does describe a board that works very hard but for the above reasons cannot achieve the goals we have set for ourselves, ”she wrote.

Goldstein and the other board members who decided to step down did not return messages seeking comment, according to the Post.

The reasons for the resignations of the other four members were not clear from the documents reviewed by the post.

Goldstein and some of the others would later return to the board, with one of the members returning just three weeks after resigning, according to documents, the Post reported.

“Efforts to reach virtually every board member since 2018 have been unsuccessful; at least two of these members were reported missing, ”according to the newspaper.

The New York Times also spoke with a former board member who explained the departure of the board members.

“People were quitting, and there were new people, and there were all kinds of things going on that weren’t pleasant,” said Max Friedman, a former board member.

“I guess it was partly because of the project. There may have been personalities involved. There were all kinds of ugly stuff.

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