Florida's coastal communities have added 1.5 million newresidents and almost a half-million new homes in the last decade,but the risk of catastrophic destruction hasn't grown along withthe new development, says the Miami Herald.

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The eight hurricanes that devastated the state and cost $33million in insurance claims in back-to-back seasons a decade agoseem to be a distant memory to those new homeowners and homebuilders—except for the building codes.

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According to the report, experts say Florida builders are doinga better job of making structures hurricane-resistant, in part byadhering to the state's building code implemented in 2002 after theonslaught of Hurricane Andrew. The 2002 code ensures that all newstructures go through rigorous inspections and are built withshatter-proof glass and straps reinforcing the connection betweenroof and walls, says the Herald.

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The stronger building codes haven't resulted in lower insurancepremiums, however. Florida homeowners still pay twice the nationalaverage for home insurance, says the Herald.

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Read more from the Miami Herald on the breakdown of new development inFlorida's coastal communities.

Read more here:http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/real-estate-news/article22486149.html#storylink=cpy

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