MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - Residents of a Miami Beach apartment building have been ordered out over safety concerns, and they do not have much time to pack up their belongings.
Those who called the Devon Apartments on Indian Creek Drive home have to pack up their belongings and move out in one week.
One resident who calls herself Rusty was asked what she was going to do. She said in response, “Besides pray? I don’t know yet. I’m on forced retirement so social security, so it’s kind of rough in that regard. I think everyone is panicking.”
Esmart Romero said he was not surprised the city deemed the building unsafe.
“If you look at the condition of this apartment, it’s not good,” Romero said. “You get what you pay for.”
Devon Apartments is the latest evacuation order in Miami-Dade County following the tragedy in Surfside. Earlier in July, residents of Crestview Towers in North Miami Beach were ordered out due to similar structural concerns.
Now, Romero and his neighbors are searching for a new place to live.
“This is very cheap housing, so I would assume that those people wouldn’t have the resources that maybe I have,” Romero said.
Others will take the week to pray for answers and get help.
“I think the city is afraid maybe something will happen again, and I can’t blame them,” Rusty said. “At least give people some time.”
Many residents said a week’s notice is not enough time to try to find a new place to stay.
They hoped the city would offer them some assistance, but they said that has not happened.
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