Awaiting news, families of condo victims bond together

FILE - In this Thursday July 8, 2021, file photo, people mourn at the memorial wall for the victims of the Champlain Towers South collapse, in Surfside, Fla. Families waiting in agony for news on relatives who were in the Florida condo building when it collapsed are turning to each other for support. (Pedro Portal/Miami Herald via AP, File)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — At the Seaview Hotel, a vast and once impersonal ballroom has become a refuge — a shared space of hope and sorrow where grieving families comfort each other during the agonizing wait for news of relatives trapped inside a collapsed Miami condo building.