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More effective headline needed

August 21, 2013
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

To the editor:

Bob Petcher's front page article in the Aug.14 issue of the Beach Observer was very well written and factual, but the headline "Building codes slow business expansion" needed some work - something along these lines would have been more appropriate: "Building codes will improve patron's safety in building expansions."

The original headline would be similar to saying "Highway speed limits cause commuters to be late for work." While perhaps true it was not the purpose

of speed limits nor was the building safety code's purpose to slow expansion, enough injuries and deaths from restaurant fires in this country should be reason enough for the safety code.

The article was was also a little light on the building consultants' and contractors' ignorance of current building codes. Greg Stamper, the consultant for Doc Fords, is quoted as saying, "the town officials should have told them." What type of consultant does not do his own homework?

Ingvar Eliasson

Former consulting engineer

Fort Myers Beach



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