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Riviera Beach City Hall closed due to chemical fumes

Posted at 9:47 AM, Oct 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-06 13:06:32-04

City officials in Riviera Beach said Friday morning they have temporarily closed City Hall because of chemical fumes. 

According to a news release from interim City Manager Troy Perry, the closure is to protect city employees and visitors from potential exposure to fumes from a chemical used in the application of new flooring in council chambers.

The city had hoped to reopen City Hall by 1 p.m. but later decided to keep the building closed for the rest of the day.

"The air quality issue is still being addressed, so the closure will allow more than ample time to complete analysis, testing, and remediation,  if necessary. We expect to resume full operations by Monday morning," Perry said in a statement.

City Hall is located at 600 West Blue Heron Blvd.

A contractor on Thursday night was replacing flooring in the council chambers.

Perry said it appears fumes from the chemical may have entered the building's air conditioning system and a strange smell was obvious to city staff as they reported to work Friday morning.  

Perry said staff was moved to the city library, which is located in the same complex, but in a different building.