Sarasota News Leader

04/11/2014

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The Florida Building Code and regulations of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be the ultimate guides to rebuilding Sarasota County if it ever suf fers a major catastrophe like Hurricane Charley, which struck Charlotte County in 2004, Laird Wreford, S a r a s o t a C o u n t y 's c o a s t a l r e s o u r c e s manager, told about 3 5 p e o p l e d u r i n g t h e A p r i l 3 m e e t ing of the Siesta Key Association (SKA). In an effort to provide as much certainty as possible about how homeowners, especially, can deal with the aftermath of a natural disas ter, Sarasota County staff has been working on a Post Disaster Response Plan (PDRP) since 2007, Wreford explained. The effort was put on hiatus fol lowing the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, he pointed o u t , b e c a u s e s t a f f was diverted to over seeing contingency Sarasota County staff has said the Bolivar Peninsula in Texas, shown after Hurricane Ike devastated it in 2008, is similar geographically to Sarasota County's barrier islands. Image from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration SARASOTA COUNTY HOMEOWNERS WILL HAVE TO ABIDE BY THE STATE BUILDING CODE WITH REDEVELOPMENT FOLLOWING ANY CATASTROPHE, THE COUNTY'S COASTAL RESOURCES MANAGER SAYS PLANNING FOR DISASTER At this moment in the draft, we do not have language that changes what the normal code would provide for. Laird Wreford Manager Coastal Resources Sarasota County By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor

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