The following story will move Sunday as this week’s Monday Spotlight, a feature showcasing the best off-the-news enterprise in the AP report:
TROPICAL WEATHER-BUILDING CODES
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — It was once argued that the trees would help save Florida’s Panhandle from the fury of a hurricane, as the acres of forests in the region would provide a natural barrier to savage winds that accompany the deadly storms. It’s part of the reason that tighter building codes — mandatory in places such as South Florida — were not put in place for most of this region until just 11 years ago. And it may be a painful lesson for area residents now that Hurricane Michael has ravaged the region. By Gary Fineout and Jennifer Kay. UPCOMING: 800 words by 11 a.m., photos.