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Old 04-29-2007, 05:11 PM
 
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I hope this stays on topic & logical. I really am not wanting to hear FLA bashing. It gets old.

Anyway, wondering what thoughts are on a major hurricane hitting FLA this season. Wondering if it will help or hinder the economy, etc.

Personally, I'd prefer a calm season. But, when you live in FLA, it's fairly obvious that you will have to meet Mother Nature one time or the other.
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Old 04-29-2007, 06:10 PM
 
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I think it's a mixed blessing, on one hand, it cuts down on the house inventory and boosts the economy for construction, etc. however, all we're really doing is re-creating stuff that was already there...

net result, for the general populace, I think it's a bad thing and I prefer a calm season for both human reasons and the devastation caused
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Old 04-29-2007, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Living in Paradise
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I hope this stays on topic & logical. I really am not wanting to hear FLA bashing. It gets old.

Anyway, wondering what thoughts are on a major hurricane hitting FLA this season. Wondering if it will help or hinder the economy, etc.

Personally, I'd prefer a calm season. But, when you live in FLA, it's fairly obvious that you will have to meet Mother Nature one time or the other.

Easy one, if a bad hurricane season hit's is a heaven of money for the business and home owners that survive the season. Helps the economy. Proven during 2004 and 2005 seasons. Yes, we all want a calm season, but if your future depends on money generated by hurricanes they want the worst for the state.
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Old 04-29-2007, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Jax
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Last season was perfect, nice and quiet......I'd like another please !
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Old 04-29-2007, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Living in Paradise
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Last season was perfect, nice and quiet......I'd like another please !
I 2nd your request....
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Old 04-29-2007, 07:29 PM
 
Location: So. Dak.
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Easy one, if a bad hurricane season hit's is a heaven of money for the business and home owners that survive the season. Helps the economy. Proven during 2004 and 2005 seasons. Yes, we all want a calm season, but if your future depends on money generated by hurricanes they want the worst for the state.
Yup, I agree with Sunrico. It would help many sectors in Fla. But it could also drive more people north and would deter more Northerners from moving to Fla. Don't know if that's good or bad.

I guess we all know that the predictions are for 15-20 violent years, but who really knows? Everyone seems a bit on edge since that one year when Fla. was constantly being hurricane bashed.
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Old 04-29-2007, 08:06 PM
 
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Hope it is a nice quiet season. I think it would hurt more than help, more people will be leaving and others won't be moving down. Tourists won't visit. There will probably be no insurance in FL and that would be a bad thing.
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Old 04-29-2007, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Weston, FL and Vero Beach, Fl
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We want a quiet season. We should all want this as an active and/or serious hurricane season will really hurt us.
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Old 04-29-2007, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Heartland Florida
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In the past, insurance money flowed freely after a storm. But in today's market a hurricane could be the final blow. Massively overassessed real estate has increased the insured amounts, or so people hope. Since a major city in Florida has not been hit directly by a hurricane with guts since 1926, nobody realizes how expensive it will be. A direct hit on Miami or Ft lauderdale or Palm Beach would cost to much to rebuild that it would take a decade to happen, if ever. If I had my way the storm would hit Miami directly, then go up to Lake Okeechobee and sit there, bursting the levees. 1926 all over again. A huge panic would drive away the international investors who have ruined Miami. Insurance companies would all stop writing policies and real estate investment would fall flat. Properties that survive would become like gold, at least for a while. When the jobs dry up. tax revenue drops, leaving governments to cut back, and the loss of government jobs cut deep into the "economy" of south Florida. When the big one finally comes, Florida will be set back 10 years. Nothing can help fix the mess we are in faster than a Category 5. Unfortunately we are not going to get one this year, it seems.

Don't think I want to see people lose their homes, but the big picture is that without a major hurricane, we are going to lose our beautiful Florida, permanently. Only a hurricane or tsunami can give us a break from the relentless development, and the slavery of high property values.
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Old 04-29-2007, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Jax
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In the past, insurance money flowed freely after a storm. But in today's market a hurricane could be the final blow. Massively overassessed real estate has increased the insured amounts, or so people hope. Since a major city in Florida has not been hit directly by a hurricane with guts since 1926, nobody realizes how expensive it will be. A direct hit on Miami or Ft lauderdale or Palm Beach would cost to much to rebuild that it would take a decade to happen, if ever. If I had my way the storm would hit Miami directly, then go up to Lake Okeechobee and sit there, bursting the levees. 1926 all over again. A huge panic would drive away the international investors who have ruined Miami. Insurance companies would all stop writing policies and real estate investment would fall flat. Properties that survive would become like gold, at least for a while. When the jobs dry up. tax revenue drops, leaving governments to cut back, and the loss of government jobs cut deep into the "economy" of south Florida. When the big one finally comes, Florida will be set back 10 years. Nothing can help fix the mess we are in faster than a Category 5. Unfortunately we are not going to get one this year, it seems.

Don't think I want to see people lose their homes, but the big picture is that without a major hurricane, we are going to lose our beautiful Florida, permanently. Only a hurricane or tsunami can give us a break from the relentless development, and the slavery of high property values.
I see where you're going with this, but when I look at what has happened to Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina, I think the negatives far outweigh the positives. Even if your own home was to survive...what if your whole neighborhood didn't and your job didn't and all the stores you buy your day to day supplies didn't? Not everyone is willing to wait around for things to rebuild - that could take years - some would even leave Florida entirely as so many have had to do with Louisiana.

Still, I don't really sweat it too much. I can't control the weather, only deal with what comes. I don't like it when we're right in the middle of the storm, but once it's passes it's back to business as usual for me. What else can you do, right !
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