Surfside victims will not be asked to donate their real estate for the public good, judge says
(CNN)As the search winds down and the survivors of the Surfside condo building collapse begin to pick up the pieces of their lives, a judge said Wednesday they and the families of the deceased will not be asked to donate their property.
"These victims who have lost their homes, their personal belongings, and in many cases their lives are not going to be sacrificing the value of their real estate for the public good," said Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court Judge Michael Hanzman, who is overseeing the civil lawsuits.
Hanzman said during a status hearing Wednesday that he has heard comments suggesting the site of the collapse should be turned into a memorial and victims asked to donate their real estate. But, he said, his job is to ensure the victims get what they are entitled to.
"Regardless of the views of some people who are not victims, this court's task and your task is to compensate the victims of this tragedy, period," Hanzman told attorneys at the hearing.
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