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Two luxury high-rise condominiums under construction in the Coconut Grove area in Miami. Experts say the risk of catastrophic destruction hasn’t grown along with new development in Florida because builders are doing a better job of making structures hurricane-resistant. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

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

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

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