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Resource ID: #21704
Subject: Building Safety
Source: News-Press (Fort Myers, Fla.)
Date: 2004-12-05



This investigation examined why a two-year-old, $8 million hurricane shelter built to withstand winds up to 140 mph collapsed during a hurricane that registered winds of only up to 110 mph. The newspaper found that DeSoto County used a low-bid contractor who lacked certification, failed to use the latest in disaster-resistant design, and appointed the county administrator to oversee the project even though he lacked any construction background, and now the county can't find the engineering documents to prove the building's design and materials should have held up under hurricane-force winds.

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