Surfside votes out the mayor after condo collapse

Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett speaks at a news conference on June 29, 2021.jpg
Posted at 9:44 AM, Mar 16, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-16 14:27:31-04

SURFSIDE, Fla. (AP) — The mayor has lost his job in a small South Florida town where 98 people died in the collapse of an oceanfront condominium last summer.

Uncertified results show Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett came in third Tuesday.

Business owner Shlomo Danzinger won with 499 votes, followed by Vice Mayor Tina Paul with 476 and Burkett with 466.

Surfside's oceanfront condos draw an outsized number of international residents so many in the town of nearly 6,000 can't vote.

Danzinger says he thinks many residents were tired of the constant bickering in the wake of the condo collapse.

He says just staying out of the newspapers will be an accomplishment.