Vul­ner­a­ble re­gions need strict build­ing codes

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - OPINION -

Has Florida done away with build­ing codes? I re­mem­ber after the 1935 La­bor Day hur­ri­cane, they were very strict on what you could build; had to be con­crete with steel rods, I be­lieve. That was after more than 500 peo­ple were killed when the al­time­ters blew away at 200 miles an hour. We lived in Rock­dale, about half­way be­tween Mi­ami and Homestead. Dad drove us down to Key Largo and then to Tav­ernier a few days after the hur­ri­cane hit. They were burn­ing some of the bod­ies there. Florida East Coast Rail­road sent a train down there to bring the Civil­ian Con­ser­va­tion Corps work­ers out, but it was pay­day and they wouldn’t leave. The en­gine and all the pas­sen­ger cars were blown off the tracks and were towed by our house about nine months later. Florida needs to tighten up on build­ing codes in the Keys. Trailer-type struc­tures should not be al­lowed. GRIER LIV­INGSTON SIMS, COVINGTON

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