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Fri Jul 16, 2021, 04:29 PM

'We didn't have Surfside then.' Charlie Crist reflects on 2010 repeal of inspection law

Source: USA TODAY NETWORK-FLORIDA

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist is defending his 2010 decision to repeal a condominium inspection law that has come under renewed scrutiny in the wake of the tragic building collapse in Surfside.

Operatives have attacked Crist, who from 2007 to 2011 served as Florida's Republican governor. Crist, speaking at an appearance in Sarasota on Wednesday, suggested no one had the value of hindsight 11 years ago when lawmakers did away with mandatory condo inspections for structural safety every five years.

"We didn't have Surfside then," he said.



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Reply 'We didn't have Surfside then.' Charlie Crist reflects on 2010 repeal of inspection law (Original post)
Jose Garcia Jul 16 OP
MyOwnPeace Jul 16 #1
Warpy Jul 16 #3
Blues Heron Jul 17 #17
csziggy Jul 17 #19
marybourg Jul 16 #2
patphil Jul 16 #4
marble falls Jul 16 #5
Earth-shine Jul 17 #11
marble falls Jul 17 #14
Hekate Jul 16 #6
Solly Mack Jul 16 #7
mackdaddy Jul 16 #8
Skittles Jul 16 #9
BootinUp Jul 16 #10
Sapient Donkey Jul 17 #12
pressbox69 Jul 17 #13
Mysterian Jul 17 #15
Owl Jul 17 #18
vanlassie Jul 17 #16
Polybius Jul 17 #20
NullTuples Jul 17 #21
joshcryer Jul 17 #22

Response to Jose Garcia (Original post)

Fri Jul 16, 2021, 04:41 PM

1. Starting in 1958 (yes, 1958!!!!!)

my parents would go to SURFSIDE, FLORIDA for their summer vacations. I went with them up until 1969 when I had to stay home because I had to work to pay college bills!
I was last there with them in 1971 when I traveled with them and my new bride.

How many people does he expect to actually believe that lie?

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Response to MyOwnPeace (Reply #1)

Fri Jul 16, 2021, 06:09 PM

3. And the condo was built in 1981

or thereabouts, so he had both the town and the condo so I wonder just what the hell he's trying to say, except "don't look at me, I didn't read that shit, I just signed it if the developers wanted me to."

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Response to MyOwnPeace (Reply #1)

Sat Jul 17, 2021, 10:04 AM

17. Doesnt he mean they hadnt had a condo collapse back then?

By "Surfside" he means "The condo collapse that happened in Surfside"

At least that's how I read it. Otherwise it doesn't make sense.

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Response to Blues Heron (Reply #17)

Sat Jul 17, 2021, 10:47 AM

19. Probably that - but if he had not repealed the inspection laws we wouldn't have Surfside

In that the damage to the condo might have been found and repaired earlier so there would NOT have been the collapse.

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Response to Jose Garcia (Original post)

Fri Jul 16, 2021, 05:07 PM

2. Sure. Shoddy materials, fly-by-night builders, filled swampland, and crooked

financiers were unknown in FL before this recent collapse.

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Response to Jose Garcia (Original post)

Fri Jul 16, 2021, 06:52 PM

4. It's hard to see clearly when real estate & construction donors flash the big bucks in front of him.

Hindsight kicks in when you're no longer running for office, and the glare of all that cash has subsided.

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Response to patphil (Reply #4)

Fri Jul 16, 2021, 07:04 PM

5. As soon as it happened, I thought Charlie was going to have to do some 'splainin' ...

... He could alwus say, "Hey, whadidya 'spect? I wuz GOP, then!" or "The Lege did it, I jes' signed oft!"

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Response to marble falls (Reply #5)

Sat Jul 17, 2021, 01:49 AM

11. As flawed as he is, I'd take Charlie over Ron any day.

I'm in Delray Beach. There are Republicans all around me.

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Response to Earth-shine (Reply #11)

Sat Jul 17, 2021, 07:51 AM

14. I like Charlie, too. But this is something Charlie better get a good answer for. If he flinches ...

... he'll look personally responsible.

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Response to Jose Garcia (Original post)

Fri Jul 16, 2021, 07:17 PM

6. To call him a moron would be an insult to morons

On the other hand, clearly he thinks WE are stupid.

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Response to Jose Garcia (Original post)

Fri Jul 16, 2021, 07:57 PM

7. No one needs hindsight to know regulations and timely inspections save lives.

As usual, he's full of shit.

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Response to Jose Garcia (Original post)

Fri Jul 16, 2021, 10:01 PM

8. Maybe they did not have building collapse disasters because the law mandated the inspections.

Now, this is the result.

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Response to Jose Garcia (Original post)

Fri Jul 16, 2021, 11:26 PM

10. Why did they think it was put in place? dumbasses. nt

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Response to Jose Garcia (Original post)

Sat Jul 17, 2021, 03:50 AM

12. We very likely wouldn't have the Surfside incident now had they not repealed it...

Does he think he's helping his case? "Building were not falling down when we were inspecting them for safety on a regular basis... How were we supposed to know that if we stopped inspections they might collapse? You gotta try it to know for sure"

These people...

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Response to Jose Garcia (Original post)

Sat Jul 17, 2021, 04:13 AM

13. He would be better off

pointing out that the Surfside death total is nowhere near the COVID death toll under Dead Boy Ron DeSantis.

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Response to pressbox69 (Reply #13)

Sat Jul 17, 2021, 07:54 AM

15. He would be better off admitting he made a terrible mistake

and expressing his profound regret.

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Response to Mysterian (Reply #15)

Sat Jul 17, 2021, 10:27 AM

18. Exactly

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Response to Jose Garcia (Original post)

Sat Jul 17, 2021, 09:28 AM

16. "No one had the value of hindsight?"

Except structural engineers.
Reminds me of Condi Rice.
And COVID deniers.
Thereís a pattern here.

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Response to Jose Garcia (Original post)

Sat Jul 17, 2021, 01:10 PM

20. I get switching Party's when the other side becomes to crazy

What I don't get is switching all of your positions. It comes across as not standing for anything.

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Response to Jose Garcia (Original post)

Sat Jul 17, 2021, 05:37 PM

21. We repealed fire protections b/c nothing much was on fire yet

...is exactly the mindset that brought us to this point in the climate crisis.

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Response to Jose Garcia (Original post)

Sat Jul 17, 2021, 06:35 PM

22. Guarantee you could find a condo condemned...

...due to structural issues before it was repealed.

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