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Riviera Beach Public Works building shut for safety reasons

Posted at 11:00 AM, Aug 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-08 18:28:54-04

The employees at the Riviera Beach Public Works Department are under orders to move out. On Monday, a safety inspector notified the city of problems in the building.

"Our safety officer communicated there were some concerns with the condition of the facility," said Riviera Beach City Manager Jonathan Evans.

The problems are mostly inside of the building which was built in 1974.

"There is visual mold there and so as a precautionary measure, with the smelling of the mold, with seeing it, we thought as an organization we need to move quickly on this," Evans said.

Dozens of employees were told to move to another city building. Red signs were put up, warning people the building is unsafe.

"Some of the issues that we saw were some visual mold and we wanted to take the necessary steps to have a professional come in," Evans said.

An in-depth analysis will be done on Wednesday.

Riviera Beach Mayor Thomas Masters says closing the building is a good thing. "The public health and safety of our residents and employees is paramount with us. If that's the situation that we needed to move on, he moved and he moved swiftly and that's all I need to say because that's a good thing."