Florida leads other hurricane-prone states in quality of its building codes

Florida has the strongest residential building codes among 18 coastal states, according to a new study by the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety. Florida’s rating is 95, almost three times higher than lowest-ranked Texas. Other states with high scores are Virginia (94), South Carolina (92) and New Jersey (90). Noting that 25 million people in the United States…

In the wake of Hurricane Irma, a case for Tall Homes and New Construction in St. Petersburg

Tampa Bay dodged a bullet. As late as 11am on Sunday morning, the National Hurricane Center projected a monster Category 4 hurricane, the largest in modern history, passing directly over the shallow estuary of Tampa Bay, and bringing with it up to 12 feet of storm surge. With 700 miles of shoreline and an average depth of only 12 feet,…