Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava told CNN the Florida state attorney would be calling for a grand jury to do an investigation of the Surfside collapse site, and on how a similar situation can be avoided in the future.
Levine Cava told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday that she spoke with Florida State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, who is also the prosecutor for Miami-Dade County.
“We have pledged our full cooperation and support,” Cava said. “So, we're standing with her. We're eager to be part of the review and analysis. I've worked with the state attorney very closely on many previous grand jury reports, and I've taken action on those reports, because they really help us to identify concerns.”
In a statement on Tuesday, the state attorney did not go as far, saying only, “I plan to request that our Grand Jury look at what steps we can take to safeguard our residents without jeopardizing any scientific, public safety, or potential criminal investigations.”
Fernandez Rundle assured that she would not do anything to jeopardize the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s investigative findings in the process. “However, this is a matter of extreme public importance, and as the State Attorney elected to keep this community safe, I will not wait,” she added.
According to the release from Fernandez Rundle, her office deployed senior prosecutors to the disaster site to collaborate with the engineers and other investigators the morning of the collapse and sent victim specialists to the site to help grieving friends and family members.