Michael's destruction reveals region's weaker building codes
This photo shows devastation from Hurricane Michael in this aerial photo over Mexico Beach, Fla., Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. Blocks and blocks of homes were demolished, reduced to piles of splintered lumber or mere concrete slabs, by the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental U.S. in nearly 50 years.
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#1 Oct 15, 2018
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Building inspectors will be overwhelmed trying to insist that ALL new construction and serious house repairs be held to current Florida Building Codes. Another major problem will be with those who did have insurance BUT have not kept it up to date with replacement costs and they will find that their policy limits won't cover the cost to rebuild to current FBC specs. In cases where people can't afford to build back, developers will buy up blocks of property and build monster condos that the little people surely can't afford and the surrounding area will change forever.
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