JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- It's a rare view for diners in Jax Beach: a deck right on the beach with a perfect view of the ocean. But now this balcony sits roped off, surrounded by caution tape, after buckling.
"It was pretty sudden collapse. Didn't go all the way to the ground just more of a lean type instance," said Jacksonville Beach Fire Chief Gary Frazier.
Chief Frazier says no one was injured but they've also been forced to close some of the indoor seating as well as inspectors evaluate the damage.
"This is a salt environment and so you have some of those kind of issues. And they evidently hadn't caught it," he said.
So what preventative measures are in place to stop things like this from happening at oceanfront restaurants?
"We usually do inspections there annually and were looking at life safety issues and so forth not necessarily any structural."
Chief Frazier says there are no specific rules requiring them to survey decking in their yearly inspections. He says that is up to the owner.
"When they build it it is construction wise they have to meet codes building codes when they build them but there isn't an annual check to say OK you checked the supports or you checked the beams to make sure. That would be an owners responsibility."
A spokesperson for Joe's Crab Shack's corporate office tells Action News they are working to get the deck repaired. The company released this statement: "Joe's regularly audits its facilities. During the last audit, approximately 9 months ago, there were no issues with the patio/deck and no noticeable sagging."