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Florida Rejects Builders' Pleas to Weaken Construction Standards

Less than two weeks before Hurricane Ivan hit Florida and Alabama, coming ashore with sustained winds of 130 miles per hour, officials in Florida rejected...
September 29, 2004

Less than two weeks before Hurricane Ivan hit Florida and Alabama, coming ashore with sustained winds of 130 miles per hour, officials in Florida rejected a proposal to weaken construction standards. On August 31, the Florida Building Commission adopted revisions to the code that maintained current standards. Some builders wanted the standard weakened. Initial estimates of insured losses from Hurricane Ivan, which struck the Gulf Coast between Pensacola and Alabama on September 16, range from $2 billion to $10 billion.

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