Hurricane Ian Aerial views of storm damage to Lee County (September 29, 2022)

  1. This might seem like a dumb question but these places like Florida that frequently get hit by Hurricanes, how come all buildings aren’t made of something like concrete? Is it just too expensive or is there some other reason?

  2. Building codes do change, but older structures are typically not required to meet the new codes unless there is some type of extensive work being done.

  3. I lived in Naples and worked construction there. All new homes are made of cinder block, for the first floor at least.

  4. I think it’s just mostly older homes that are made out of wood. I’ve stayed in Cape Coral before and all of the houses there were made out of concrete or at least in the neighborhoods where I was staying at

  5. While I have full sympathy for those who have suffered losses because of this, I have to wonder why we act like this is surprising or unexpected. Florida has had hurricanes every year for thousands of years, some severe and some mild. It seems like storm surge and unholy amounts of wind and rain should be built into the zoning and building codes, long ago. Or just accept that whatever you build could be blown/washed away any time, and don't expect insurance or the government to fix it.

  6. Some areas of Florida have managed to avoid a bad storm like this for many years. I grew up in Broward county and the only bad storm we had while I've been alive was in 2005 when the eye of Hurricane Wilma hit our city and caused a significant amount of damage. There hasn't been a bad storm to hit my area since then, and even before 2005 there was nothing memorable. Andrew was bad, but that was in Miami and in 1992.

  7. It's almost like building houses directly on the coast of a giant peninsula that sticks into a warm tropical sea is a bad thing

  8. If you're gonna feel bad, feel bad for the gas station employee working in central florida who has to pay taxes and insurance to make these wealthy coastal land owners whole.

  9. Some poor bastard living in an apartment and biking to work is paying for the billions spent on creating new highways on unstable island chains which service million dollar homes.

  10. So it appears to be the case that building homes and roads/bridges/infrastructure on top of what amounts to sand dunes is a bad idea…especially in hurricane prone locations. Who knew?!

  11. Not exactly. Building codes have changed a lot in coastal and low-lying areas. The problem is that a lot of these places havent seen a direct hit from a Cat 4/5 hurricane in many many years. The buildings that were constructed recently to hurricane standards fared much better than other structures. So the structures are gonna change, there's a requirement to elevate new construction a certain amount above grade and other improvements that will make them hurricane resistant. After the condo collapse in Miami Florida started taking this shit seriously according to my permit guy.

  12. I love it when people who have lost everything say "We'll rebuild." Hahaha, I'm sorry, but if that happened to me, I'd move.

  13. Mother Earth reclaiming her territory. Sad, but hopefully a lot of folks learned a lesson here and realize that living near the coast, in FL, where hurricanes can happen at any time, is a terrible idea. That beach view ain't worth it if at any moment your home can be destroyed by a storm. Stop building homes so close to the water.

  14. More (if not most) Sympathy should be given to the middle and lower-class families that were more affected by this storm, as they will be suffering the most with the expense as a result of the aftermath.

  15. So are they going to build levees and storm walls to keep the from happening? I know they are unsightly with ocean front property is it a worthwhile thing? Save in storm damage claims.

  16. Can anyone tell me if I75 is clear? We're headed up that way with a generator and some gas for my in- laws. need to get as far as King's Highway in Port Charlotte.

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