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Fla.: Tougher Building Code Proposed
(November 25) -- Proposed changes to the Florida building code could help reduce builders' costs and bring state codes more in-line with those of other states and the International Building Code. The Florida Building Commission (FBC) met in October to approve amendments that would include a relaxation of strict hurricane-reinforcement requirements and the transition of governance from state to local officials. Currently, the FBC is reviewing the proposals and is not expected to take any action until March 2004.
Robert Fine, with international law firm Greenberg Traurig in Miami, says the uniform code will help reduce builders' costs, once the learning curve period is over, and make it easier for out-of-state architecture, engineering, and construction companies to work in Florida. If approved, the code will be published for a six-month review period on July 1, 2004. The state's new code is expected to go into effect January 1, 2005, according to Fine. Fine believes that "as long there are no legal challenges," the code will be on track for that date.
?By Bridget McCrea for REALTOR? Magazine Online