In a startling turn of events, residents and guests of Calypso Beach Resort Tower III in Panama City Beach were abruptly evacuated on February 9th, 2024, due to structural concerns. As mandated by the City’s Code of Ordinances, a mandatory evacuation order has been issued, with a deadline set for February 11th, 2024, at 08:00 am.
Below, you'll find essential FAQs addressing common concerns and avenues for seeking compensation. Our experienced attorney, Larry Perry, is ready to guide you through this challenging time. Stay informed, stay safe, and don't hesitate to reach out for support.
Location and Evacuation:
Where is Calypso Tower III located?
- Calypso Tower III is situated north of the beachside towers, and on the north side of Front Beach Road. It's important to note that the evacuation order does not extend to Calypso Towers I and II.
Why was an evacuation order issued?
- The evacuation order was issued to ensure the safety of all individuals within Calypso Tower III premises. Following an inspection, potential failure points were identified in the railing system. Proper attachment of rails to columns and the floor is essential. The railings require thorough inspection, repair, and/or replacement.
Timeline and Return
When can residents expect the evacuation order to be lifted?
- There is currently no definitive timeline for the lifting of the evacuation order. A temporary proposal to reinforce the railings is being prepared by the COA and Slider Engineering Group. This plan must undergo review and approval by the City’s inspection department before the order can be lifted.
Do residents still need to pay mortgage, condo fees, and assessments during the evacuation?
- Yes, residents are still required to fulfill their financial obligations, including mortgage payments and condo fees/assessments.
Consequences of Refusal to Evacuate
What if a resident chooses not to evacuate?
- Refusal to comply with the evacuation order, particularly concerning safety concerns, may result in emergency eviction and removal from the premises.
Who is responsible for legal actions in this situation?
- The Association's attorneys may face a conflict of interest, so individual unit owners may need to seek their own legal representation or submit claims independently. It's important to note that the Condo Association and individual unit owners may have separate sets of claims.
Who can bring a claim?
- Individuals eligible to bring a claim may include unit owners, booking companies, realtors, and other service providers associated with Calypso Tower III.