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Gallagher to Florida Building Commission: Don’t Weaken State Building Code

8/31/2004

CONTACT: Tami Torres
(850) 413-2842

TALLAHASSEE-Florida's Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher today announced that he is urging the Florida Building Commission not to weaken Florida' building code, a proposal currently under consideration. According to Gallagher, weakening the current code could be devastating in terms of property loss, especially for construction in interior counties.

"It would be a mistake to downgrade Florida's building code. Our recent experience with Hurricane Charley has demonstrated the substantial vulnerability of all our counties to hurricane winds," Gallagher said.

In a letter sent today to Raul Rodriguez, Chairman of the Florida Building Commission, Gallagher urged commission members to adopt an amendment, offered by the Institute for Business and Home Safety and the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, to retain the important protections already in place. Gallagher recognized the measure being considered by the commission would provide uniformity with construction standards in other states but stressed that Florida is a unique state with unique risks for property owners.

"What other state has been challenged by two major storms in a matter of weeks? By reducing protections we have worked so hard to put in place, we are putting Floridians' lives and property at risk," Gallagher said.

A copy of Gallagher's letter is attached.