In first election since condo collapse, Surfside elects an Orthodox mayor

Shlomo Danzinger, 42, beats Charles Burkett, who was in office during last year’s disastrous building collapse when 90 died

Newly elected mayor of Surfside, Shlomo Danzinger. (LinkedIn)
Newly elected mayor of Surfside, Shlomo Danzinger. (LinkedIn)

Miami’s Surfside beach town has elected its first Orthodox Jewish mayor, local media reported Wednesday.

Shlomo Danzinger, 42, originally from Brooklyn, New York, was elected by voters to lead the beach community, which is still coping with the trauma of last year’s collapsed condo tragedy that led to 90 dead, many of them Jewish.

Danzinger, a businessman and community activist, according to local media, is a father of five. He moved to Surfside in 2010. In 2020, he ran for the position of Surfside commissioner but lost.

Jeffrey “Jeff” Rose was elected the town’s vice mayor, reports said.

Surfside is home to around 2,500 Jews, who make up one-third of the town’s population. About one-third of the Jewish community in Surfside consider themselves Orthodox.

Danzinger and Rose beat Mayor Charles Burkett and Vice Mayor Tina Paul, who responded to the collapse of the residential condominium building, Champlain Towers South, on June 24, 2021.

Danzinger won 34.63 percent of the total votes in the race, beating Burkett by 33 votes and runner-up Tina Paul by 23 votes.

Surfside residents also voted in favor of two new town commissioners — Fred R. Landsman, 62, and Marianne Meischeid, 71.

An investigation into last year’s building collapse found evidence of “astronomical” corrosion and overcrowded concrete reinforcement in the Miami-area condominium.

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