Fernandina Beach restaurant declared structurally unsafe by city

The city said numerous deficiencies were observed

Brett's Waterway Café , a restaurant in Fernandina Beach, has been declared structurally unsafe by the city. A notice to condemn came down Friday.

FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. – A restaurant in Fernandina Beach has been declared structurally unsafe.

The city of Fernandina Beach condemned Bretts Waterway Café due to the “active collapse of concrete double-tee structure member.”

The café sits on the water in the Marina. A notice to condemn came down on Friday. The city said numerous deficiencies were observed.

When News4Jax reporter Marilyn Parker went by on Saturday, people were still inside the Café.

There may not be an immediate threat, but in the notice to condemn, engineers said the structure is life-threatening.

The preliminary structural assessment said staff believes the Café surpassed useful life and could suffer significant damage during a hurricane or other high wind events.

The notice also said there’s an elevated risk of substructure failure, collateral damage, and repairs necessary.

Within 60 days they have to secure permits and start working on the structure.

They have until Sept. 2 to repair the building or it will be vacated by the city.

The city of Fernandina Beach condemned Bretts Waterway Café due to the “active collapse of concrete double-tee structure member.”
The city of Fernandina Beach condemned Bretts Waterway Café due to the “active collapse of concrete double-tee structure member.”

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