CLEARWATER, FLA./ JUNE 12, 2019 (STL.News)
Last year Hurricane Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach in the panhandle of Florida. In the aftermath of the hurricane’s shocking impact, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared the city “wiped out.” In the months following the disaster, city officials wrestled with passing new land regulations to prepare the city for future hurricane strikes. One of the main changes made to building codes is raising any new buildings or homes above the flood line to avoid future structural damage. Randy Young, CEO of ArcDesign, residential design and drafting specialists, describes the building code change as necessary but late.