Florida’s Short Memory for Hurricanes

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As Hurricane Andrew memories fade, Florida weakens building codes.

As reported by Alan Gomez on August 10 in USA TODAY,  Hurricane Andrew, a Category 5 hurricane that decimated South Florida 25 years ago and prompted the strengthening of building codes, has become very distant memory for lawmakers.

According to Gomez “This year, alarm bells went up all over the state capital, Tallahassee, when the Republican-led legislature and GOP Gov. Rick Scott passed a new law that untethers Florida’s code from international standards and requires fewer votes for the Florida Building Commission to make changes to the building codes.”

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