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ATLANTIC CITY — Residents of Ocean Club condominiums got more details about potential issues with their balconies during a meeting with the board and engineers on Thursday, after being told by letter not to use them due to concerns about railings and concrete.

According to a letter recently sent to residents of the sister buildings, an engineering firm hired to examine the complex found damage to the anchors securing some railings to the concrete and loose concrete.

“Balconies are common property and not part of the unit,” the letter states, “and we are assured by legal counsel that the association has the power to regulate their use.”

The 34-story condominiums were built in 1984.

Resident James “Sonny” McCullough, the former mayor of Egg Harbor Township, has lived at Ocean Club since 2018. He said council held a meeting Thursday night that clarified the hazard was only to the railings and the concrete around where they attach.

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“I feel it’s safe. They clarified that it’s the railings, not the balconies (as a whole),” McCullough said. “I don’t think it’s a dangerous situation.”

McCullough said the June 2021 collapse of the 12-story Champlain Towers condominium building in Surfside, Fla. prompted condominium boards everywhere to be more proactive in finding and resolving issues.

The Surfside collapse killed 98 people and sparked multiple federal and state investigations and a flurry of lawsuits from victims, families and condo owners.

McCullough said he wasn’t afraid to sit on his balcony, which had work done on attaching the railing to the concrete just before he moved in.

The council expects to know the full extent of the problem and what needs to be done to fix it by early spring, the letter says, “and we may be able to allow access to some balconies in the future. not too far”.

Building manager Dave Lavenson could not immediately be reached for comment.

“It will also be necessary to protect the sidewalks below and close access to the 6th floor outdoor terrace until the risk is eliminated,” the letter states.

On Monday, McCullough saw inspectors walk through the building, he said.

No one from the city immediately responded to requests for comment.

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