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Channel 9 gets tour of Belle Isle condo seen deteriorating in photos

BELLE ISLE, Fla. — The city is waiting for the structural engineer to determine if walkways at a Belle Isle condo complex are safe.

In the meantime, the manager of the Palm Square Condominiums is sending its own engineer out for another opinion.

Channel 9′s Shannon Butler toured the property with the owner, who said things may look worse than they are.

READ: Photos show Belle Isle condo building deteriorating

Earlier this week, Channel 9 obtained photos sent by someone concerned about the deteriorating complex.

The city called the fire marshal and building inspectors after reports of a sewage leak, but they found more than that, including cracks along the balconies.

Jesus Marrero, the manager, said he is not sure if there is a safety issue or not, and it could be just cosmetic.

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No one has been hurt, but he understands the building needs a structural engineer’s opinion and he wants to get two separate reports.

Channel 9 received one report from an inspector who recommended that a structural engineer make recommendations within a week.

In the report, the engineer said walkways on the second and third floors have water entering that is causing the plywood subflooring to rot and collapse.

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Marrero said if they find that the walkways are damaged and dangerous, he will fix them immediately.

The fire marshal’s report said there are some things, such as exit signs, that weren’t working. Marrero said fixes are underway.

Shannon Butler

Shannon Butler,

Shannon joined the Eyewitness News team in 2013.

Adam Poulisse,

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.