"You could have a building built to code, but if the two next to it are knocked over by storm surge into your building, you could suffer loss as well", Castaldi said.
The deputy director of Miami's building department, Maurice Pons, said in the city's statement that he "would not advise staying in a building next to a construction crane during a major hurricane like Irma".
Based on current projections, the affected branches are expected to reopen by Sunday.
Miami had been in touch with Perez, but the state of Florida and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration had jurisdiction over the cranes, City Manager Daniel Alfonso said.
Jose, which was upgraded to an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 hurricane Friday with 150 miles per hour winds, is following Irma's path and is forecast to come close to the already decimated Leeward Islands, including St. Martin and Barbuda.
While people in the state anxiously watched the massive storm, Irma battered the northern Caribbean, killing at least six people and leaving thousands homeless after destroying buildings and uprooting trees.
A collapsed construction crane seen in downtown Miami
"I'd rather take the chance and be here, maybe get out and help other people around here", he said. She'd just finished spray painting "We're Open Irma" on the plywood covering the bar's windows.
Luckily, most in Miami have evacuated in advance of Irma.
Although it is likely that the eye will move near or over the Lower Keys Sunday morning, its angle of approach to the west coast of Florida makes it hard to pinpoint exactly where Irma will cross the Florida Gulf Coast.
Paca and other Deuce regulars had no qualms about riding this one out, even though it was projected to be one the strongest to hit Florida. "I believe this is going to be a detrimental storm". Just behind me you can see one section of Miami's attractive glass filled skyline.
Stefani Travieso, 22, lives in a Miami neighbourhood that was badly damaged during Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
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She says: "We are seeing the mushrooming of these very flimsy shelters that will not be able to house people for too long". Tutu, who helped dismantle apartheid in South Africa and became the moral voice of the nation, joined in the condemnation.