City officials investigate Shucker's deck collapse
NORTH BAY VILLAGE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Officials continue to investigate after a popular South Florida patio packed with cheering Heat fans suddenly collapsed into Biscayne Bay last week.
7News has spent several days investigating documents regarding the sudden collapse of the back deck patio of Shucker's Bar & Grill, last Friday night.
Documents show at the beginning of 2013, Shucker's had its mandatory 40-year inspection.
The engineer who inspected Shucker's said the structure, electrical system and parking lot lighting were fine.
The question still remains if the inspection included Shucker's deck. "And that, in my view, includes the deck," said North Bay Village Building Official Raul Rodriguez.
Rodriguez said he reviews the inspection reports once they are complete. Rodriguez said he thought the deck had been inspected.
The inspector who did the report told "The Miami Herald," decks do not have to be inspected as part of the 40-year report, so he did not inspect the deck.
While the deck is not mentioned in his report, the inspector did include photos of the deck. "The fact that he put pictures of the deck in the report, he should have inspected," said Rodriguez.
City officials said they found exposed corroded steel during their initial assessment. Reports came in that about 100 people were on the deck when it collapsed.
When Rodriguez was asked by reporters what was the official capacity of the deck, he said, "I would not know how to explain that to you."
7News asked North Bay Village Mayor Connie Leon-Kreps her thoughts on the situation. "He's an expert. He's the engineer. He's an expert," she said.
Reporter: "An expert should probably not be assuming when it comes to a structure like this where people are on there eating."
Leon-Kreps: "I have no more comments."
Rodriguez said that if the deck was not inspected during the 40-year re-certification, it should have been inspected.
Close to 100 people were on the deck when it collapsed. Two dozen were injured and taken to the hospital. Fortunately, there were no casualties.
It remains unknown why the deck collapsed.
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