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…

Hurricane Irma hurt some Tampa Bay home sales even in October

Pinellas County home sales took another hurricane-related hit in October as the rest of the Tampa Bay area bounced back from Hurricane Irma. But while prices in all four counties rose once again, the rate of increase continues to slow. Hillsborough’s 3.6 percent increase was the lowest in more than two years although the county recorded the second highest price…

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,…