Florida’s Hurricane-Proof Town Is the Future of Planning for Climate Change

25 October 2022 | Lisa Hall

America’s city planners of tomorrow look set to base future developments on an innovative “hurricane-proof town” that successfully weathered Hurricane Ian, experts told Newsweek.

Babcock Ranch, a planned community of around 5,000 people that straddles parts of Charlotte County and Lee County in southern Florida, withstood the Category 4 storm with minimum damage—and no loss of power.

The town was the first entirely solar-powered town in the U.S. and was designed with extreme weather conditions in mind; all of its electricity cables and phone lines were buried underground and buildings were reinforced.

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