Floridians Debate Changing Storm-Rating Codes

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Many in Florida say it's time to make sure new home construction in the state's Panhandle region meets the same strict hurricane-ready codes as the rest of the state.

But home builders have successfully convinced regulators that tougher standards aren't needed.

They cite a study that comes to a controversial conclusion: that trees and terrain in the Panhandle already provide homes there with hurricane protection.



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