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Old 09-14-2017, 07:16 PM
 
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If you don't live on a barrier island - and you are 12+ feet above seal level, then you have much less to worry about.

Basic common sense. Don't buy in a swamp or on a spit of sand.

In terms of inland SRQ/Bradenton/Tampa I think there has not been a really major event since 1921 (Tampa) with sustained winds of 75MPH. The recent Irma had almost 70 at the SRQ airport.

Our house in SRQ, about a mile from the bay and built in 1952, doesn't have a scratch on it.

Basically, you are pretty safe with decent construction if you are inland a bit. Look at a map. If you are on the shores of charlotte bay and one comes up the channel you are done for.

But most people don't live there. Most are 99.99% safe. The biggest danger is probably a tree falling on your home....

OK, so - in summary - don't buy low-lying properties. Don't buy on sand bars unless you are very wealthy and don't mind evacuating often.
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Old 09-15-2017, 05:27 AM
 
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Hurricanes are something you have to live with if you live in Florida. Its a fact. They are much worse then any Tornado. They can easily impact a state or two. A tornado maybe several miles. A lot of people who go back in summer up north put on insurance and forget about it. They are there when things are calmer. Fla. will always be Fla. People who want to be near the ocean will always move there. I am not sure how much climate change will affect the hurricane season but it would not surprise me if it did to some extent. So long lines and crowds in winter and possible hurricanes in summer. These are the draw backs to Florida. It is what it is. You can not change it and all the bloviating of those who want to down play this like Ann Coulter who said that it was going to be light rain with a chance of dying of boredom are complete idiots.
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Old 09-15-2017, 01:43 PM
 
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Hurricanes are something you have to live with if you live in Florida. Its a fact. They are much worse then any Tornado. They can easily impact a state or two. A tornado maybe several miles. A lot of people who go back in summer up north put on insurance and forget about it. They are there when things are calmer. Fla. will always be Fla. People who want to be near the ocean will always move there. I am not sure how much climate change will affect the hurricane season but it would not surprise me if it did to some extent. So long lines and crowds in winter and possible hurricanes in summer. These are the draw backs to Florida. It is what it is. You can not change it and all the bloviating of those who want to down play this like Ann Coulter who said that it was going to be light rain with a chance of dying of boredom are complete idiots.
Well, I agree with most of what you said...except:

We must understand that Florida has always been run and owned by Real Estate Speculation interests. The old joke "I have some swampland in florida to sell you" wasn't really a joke. The people who run the state and locales are pro-development almost NO MATTER WHAT. This is what really makes the hurricanes and storms worst than they might be in other places.

If development and construction were done right the problems (now and future) would be much smaller. But Florida has always been off-the-charts as far as "money buys power"..

I'm just glad we got my MIL out of there for good about 90 days ago. Things are definitely not set up to deal with millions of folks who are elderly or in poor health....they will simply die if left for a week or two without A/C.

Climate change is real and will have some effect - but not too much in our lifetimes. Most of the problems we will face are due to lack of basic standards, codes and planning/zoning.
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