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Miami Dade Fire Department Chief Alan Cominsky presents a medal to Golan Vach, Commander of Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF) National Rescue Unit during a send off ceremony on July 10 in Surfside, Florida. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

The death toll from the June 24 collapse of the Surfside, Fla., condominium has climbed to 94, Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said at a briefing Monday morning.

The big picture: The search and rescue mission transitioned to a recovery mission last Wednesday. Of the victims, at least 83 have been identified and 80 next-of-kin notifications have been made, Levine Cava said.

  • 22 people remain potentially unaccounted for, the mayor said on Monday.
  • "It's also important to note that we can only truly account for a missing person who is deceased once an identification is made," she explained in a Saturday press conference.
  • Levine Cava called the recovery efforts the "largest ever non-hurricane emergency response effort" in Florida history.
  • Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said Monday security will be tighter around the collapse site, and authorized personnel will be the only people allowed.

The latest: Members of the Israeli Urban Search and Rescue Task Force received a ceremonial key to the county on Saturday evening to thank them for all of their help. Meanwhile, Fire Chief Alan Cominsky made them official members of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.

  • “In recognition of your unrelenting dedication, compassionate service commitment to the victims and survivors of the Surfside tragedy,” Levine Cava said.
  • Meanwhile, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order on Friday that indefinitely suspends property taxes for all residents whose homes were destroyed or became uninhabitable as a result of the collapse.
  • Meanwhile, the National Institute of Standards and Technology has sent more scientists to the scene to search for clues that led to the structural failure.

Editor's note: This story has been updated with additional information throughout.

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Why it matters: The statement followed President Biden's meeting on hurricane preparedness with senior FEMA officials and others, who advised him of the measure — hours before Tropical Storm Fred formed near Puerto Rico. Florida is in the path of the storm, which could possibly intensify into a hurricane.

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken confirmed after a meeting with his Russian counterpart on Friday that the U.S. will provide written answers to Russia's security demands next week.

Why it matters: Russia claims to be waiting for "concrete answers" to its demands that NATO rule out further expansion and roll back its presence in eastern Europe before deciding its next steps on Ukraine. But the U.S. and NATO have called those proposals "non-starters," and Friday's meeting offered no breakthroughs, so it's unclear how written answers might change the equation.

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Researchers like David Holland, an atmospheric scientist at New York University, are in a race to understand the fate of a massive glacier in West Antarctica that has earned a disquieting nickname: "The Doomsday Glacier."

Why it matters: Studies show the Thwaites Glacier (its official name) could already be on an irreversible course to melt during the next several decades to centuries, freeing up enough inland ice to raise global sea levels by at least several feet.