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Hurricane Ian: This Time It May Be the Rich Who Suffer

Of course they have money, but they will have damages.

My sister and brother-in-law previously lived in the Naples area of Florida. It is a place where money accumulates and people play golf. While they lived inland, on a golf course, we would take drives to the waterfront and for dinners.

Everyone knows that the closer you get to the water, the more the price of the real estate goes up, and the size of homes grows at about the same rate as the predicted storm surge coming from Ian.

I’m talking some homes that take three years to build! A small palace perhaps, as a vacation home. Those are right on the beach. Then there are those who love boating and there are canals with large homes and their boat parked right out their back door.

I’m talking money here folks, lots and lots of money.

By Thursday we’ll have an idea of the damages from Ian and the size of the storm surge and where it hit the hardest. Will any of this deter people from building right back where they were? No, not really. The way people think (like the pandemic) is that it is a once-in-a-hundred-year event for the region. They’re ignoring what climate change is doing to the weather and disasters.

Yes, there will be plenty of small mom-and-pop stores and retiree houses and mobile homes impacted, but this time the rich will likely not be spared.
Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.