New Construction in South Naples Holds Strong Against Hurricane Irma
Southwest Florida braced for impact just two weeks ago as Category 4 Hurricane Irma barreled across the region. Now, as the debris begins to clear and relief efforts continue, many are reevaluating their future, looking to new construction communities in South Naples to see how they fared through the direct impact of the storm’s eyewall.
Naples Reserve, the fastest-selling community in South Naples over the past year, was directly in the path of this historic storm. With 22 interconnected lakes, the community’s infrastructure was tested under extreme conditions. Naples Reserve’s storm water retention plan performed beyond expectations and kept all homeowners high and dry throughout the ordeal. The community’s underground utilities and inclusion on the Naples Community Hospital electrical grid resulted in power being restored within days, far ahead of other communities throughout the region.
Don Mears, iStar Vice President of Land and Development, is addressing repair efforts following the storm. “Like many other communities, we have landscaping issues to deal with and some minor repair work to our amenities. There are trees and signage down, and we will be resurfacing the Har-Tru tennis courts − primarily cosmetic issues,” says Mears. “Our storm water retention system performed like a Tesla in this situation, and we had no major damage to the homes throughout the community due to the rigorous standards for new construction and innovative new materials.”
Florida’s building codes, passed statewide in 2002 after Hurricane Andrew, are among the strongest in the country. According to The Wall Street Journal, the stringent Florida building codes for new construction helped save many communities from severe damage. Homes have been designed and built to withstand these types of storms, allowing residents to more quickly return to their daily routines.
Research led by Kevin Simmons, a professor at Austin College, looking at insured-loss data from 2001 to 2010 found that the new building codes reduced windstorm losses by up to 72% and that for every $1 of additional construction costs, $6 was saved.
To learn more information about new construction at Naples Reserve and their innovative home designs please visit www.naplesreserve.com and request a homebuyers guide.