Blueprint for Trouble

Number 17356
Subject Construction
Source Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
State FL
Year 2000
Publication Date May, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24
Summary A Sun-Sentinel series investigates "construction problems in the City of Pembroke, one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation" in the aftermath of the Hurricane Andrew in 1992. The investigation has found that "every major subdivision built since 1992 had construction defects, and many of those homes had received city certificates of occupancy even though the city could not prove all inspections had taken place." The series details specific cases of homes with leaking roofs and windows, as well as potential safety problems. "Private home inspectors say they still see many of the same kind of shortcomings throughout South Florida that led to the mass destruction of Andrew." The reporters expose the practice of some city inspectors to spend part of their workdays at parks and fitness centers and focus on problems stemming from haphazard recordkeeping at the city building department.
Category Contest Entry
Pages 58
Keywords FOIA;Hurricane Andrew;safety;building inspections;certificate of occupation;warranty;"lemon law"
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