Versailles Sur La Mer condo complex condemned by Brevard County south of Melbourne Beach
16 November 2017
line the Versailles Sur La Mer condominium complex driveway Thursday
morning south of Melbourne Beach. (Photo: Rick Neale Florida
MELBOURNE BEACH — The Versailles Sur La Mer condominium complex has
been condemned by Brevard County officials, who cited "extreme
structural support issues" that were likely exacerbated by Hurricane
Irma's howling winds.
Built in 1981, the yellow four-story oceanfront residential structure
is located just south of the landmark Ebb Tide housing tower, south of
Melbourne Beach. Three moving trucks lined the driveway Thursday
Residents declined to talk about the situation with a Florida Today
reporter. Likewise, an Oceanside Property Management employee said the
Satellite Beach company was not at liberty to discuss the matter.
Chief Building Official Michael McCaughin deemed the 24-unit complex
"an unsafe building and an imminent danger to building occupants" in a
Nov. 6 report. He cited an Oct. 13 inspection that revealed structural
steel I-beams supporting the upper floors were afflicted with
substantial corrosion and rust.
Kay McCarthy was president of the Versailles Sur La Mer Condominium
Association until she resigned from the board in September and moved
elsewhere. She said an HOA repair project was underway along the
oceanfront side of the complex to repair porches and surrounding steel,
replace balconies, and replace ground-floor decking. What's more, the
HOA had chosen a contractor to start replacing walkways along the front
of the complex.
"It's a beautiful building. Everyone thought it was worth saving," McCarthy said.
Red Brevard County warning signs are posted at the Versailles Sur La
Mer condominium complex. (Photo: Rick Neale Florida Today)