Mitigation costs are a matter of personal value


The "Sand Palace," a private residence in Mexico Beach, survived Hurricane Micheal due to mitigation efforts in its construction. (FEMA photo/Wilsey)

Last October, Hurricane Michael slammed the Florida panhandle with 155 mile per hour (mph) winds. Mexico Beach was largely destroyed, except for one exceptional, and now much reported on, house called the Sand Palace. Does it offer a guide for building for the future?

Strengthening buildings to reduce damage from natural disasters is called mitigation,…

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