• Cocoa Beach resort cited for multiple code violations


    Brevard County, Fla. - WFTV uncovered major code violations at the largest hotel in Cocoa Beach. From structural problems to crumbling concrete to exposed wiring, the International Palms Hotel has some major problems to fix.

    It took three days for the Cocoa Beach fire marshal to document all the major problems with the resort in a 24-page report. He said it's the most extensive report he's done.

    Photographs from the inspection show cracks in staircases and walls, cracks that Cocoa Beach Fire Marshal Mark Amararl said are indicative of structural problems.

    The fire marshal took more than 300 pictures of various violations.

    "Someone could get hurt, killed or electrocuted. These were big, big items," Amaral said.

    He said a complaint from the Department Of Health over mold prompted the thorough inspection.

    There were other violations ranging from improper wiring to holes cut through fire walls, according to Amaral.

    "They had over four months to start fixing some of the problems. They fixed some of the small stuff but not the big stuff that needed to be fixed," Amaral said.

    Hotel management would not answer any questions or comment on the inspection.

    "They've taken actions already to secure a lot of the structural issues out there," said Amaral.

    The fire marshal said the problems are not serious enough to shut down the entire business. He said guests are being kept away from many of the hazards but they do need to be fixed soon or the hotel will be fined.

    The hotel was given until Oct. 18 to come back with a plan to fix the violations or be fined $100 a day.

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