The sun is shining, the sea is a tranquil turquoise, and Atlantic breezes are taking the edge off summertime heat at the oceanfront Barclay condominium in South Palm Beach.
But all is not well this June day at the eight-story building. For nearly 40 years, saltwater and sea air have seeped into the pores of its concrete construction. The extreme elements grew a rusty crust around the steel skeleton reinforcing the structure, loosening bonds between the metal and cement mixture and causing the most vulnerable areas _ balconies _ to crumble.
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