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Rethinking barrier islands, development and Florida’s beaches after Hurricane Ian

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Coastal areas of Florida hit hard by Hurricane Ian’s monstrous storm surge and Category 4 winds should take a hard look at future developments, building codes and whether and how to rebuild barriers islands.

That is according to hurricane experts reacting to the widespread damage the storm brought to Southwest Florida including its coastal areas and popular islands

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A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter takes off Sept. 30 on Sanibel Island, with people affected by Hurricane Ian, as seen from inside a damaged home.


The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Hurricane Center released a video showing imagery and movements of Hurricane Ian as it approach and slammed Florida's southwest coast.

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A home burns on Sanibel Island in the wake of Hurricane Ian, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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Destroyed homes are seen on Sanibel Island, in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian on Sept. 30 along Sanibel Island.

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