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  • A Formula For Disaster

    This investigation was born out of various follow-ups to stories about the four hurricanes that hit Florida in 2004. The reporters, concerned about how the high number of mobile homes in Tampa Bay held up the hurricanes, decided to investigate how dangerous they really are. The reporters found that most of the homes were built prior to the established safety standards after Hurricane Andrew. The high number of unsafe mobile homes in the Tampa Bay area means the region could face catastrophic damage when hurricanes strike again.
  • Flawed Homes, Even Now

    On the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew, The Miami Herald took a look at the state of new home construction in South Florida. "We found many improvements compared to 1992, but also a major flaw in suburban Broward County's system of enforcement. Unlike Miami-Dade County, Broward had no mechanism for enforcing new rules requiring new homes to withstand 140-mph gusts.
  • Blueprint for Trouble

    A Sun-Sentinel series investigates "construction problems in the City of Pembroke, one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation" in the aftermath of the Hurricane Andrew in 1992. The investigation has found that "every major subdivision built since 1992 had construction defects, and many of those homes had received city certificates of occupancy even though the city could not prove all inspections had taken place." The series details specific cases of homes with leaking roofs and windows, as well as potential safety problems. "Private home inspectors say they still see many of the same kind of shortcomings throughout South Florida that led to the mass destruction of Andrew." The reporters expose the practice of some city inspectors to spend part of their workdays at parks and fitness centers and focus on problems stemming from haphazard recordkeeping at the city building department.
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    In the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew, attempts by state politicians to provide Floridians with deeply subsidized property insuracne exposed taxpayers to potential losses equal to more than twice the total annual cost of other Florida state government programs combined.
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    Palm Beach (Fla.) Post takes a close look at the Federal Emergency Management Agency in response to its slow reaction to hurricane Andrew; finds that most of FEMA's budget is used for secret programs to keep the government mobile in a nuclear war and very little is used for disasters, Feb. 21, 1993.
  • What Went Wrong

    Miami Herald looks at housing construction and how well houses met building codes in the wake of Hurricane Andrew; it is clear that shoddy construction led to the most costly disaster in U.S. history.
  • HURRICAN ANDREW: BUILDING CODE & PRACTICES INVESTIGATION

    WTVJ-TV (Miami) reports that the building codes and practices of Dade and Broward Counties in South Florida were violated for years by developers and builders, leading to utter devastation as a result of Hurricane Andrew, August - September 1992.
  • DESIGN FOR DISASTER

    WCIX-TV (Miami) finds that much of the destruction to buildings and homes as a result of Hurricane Andrew were the result of building code violations and shoddy construction, Sept. 16 - 18, 1992.
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    XS Magazine (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) reports on how developers built houses in Dade County, Fla., that were destroyed by Hurricane Andrew because of poor construction; finds that the homes had missing hurricane straps, broken trusses, roofing staples missing the trusses, and other code violations; such construction is common throughout the state, Oct. 7, 1992.
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    Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) reports in the wake of Hurricane Andrew about the shoddy home building which caused so many houses to be destroyed; blames greed of home builders, the desire by home buyers to purchase cheap homes, and corrupt government regulators, 1992.