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Ask any Floridian... and they love hurricanes.. I added my favorite recipe below so you can make your own. 


Oh, wait you want to know about those pesky storms that rain and keep us off the beaches.  Well part of living in a tropical paradise is that we have lots of water and wind, and sometimes a hurricane.

Well, first some advise for those of us that do not like camping.  Buy a home or condo very close to a hospital or police station because you will be the first one to have power restored if you lose power.  

The SW Florida coast is a little harder for hurricanes to make that perfect curve in the Gulf and hit our areas.  Sometimes we do see stronger storms and our local news and the weather channel do an amazing job of giving us days to prepare.  

Depending on the storm size and wind speed you may stay in your home or go on a spontaneous vacation.  I advise residents to leave if possible because a few days with out power to our homes and streetlights means horrible driving conditions, stores are closed, and the kids do not have any electronics to play with. 

Flood Zones & Hurricane Insurance  

Recipe for A Hurricane 



  • 4 ounces light or silver rum

  • 4 ounces dark

  • 4 ounces passion fruit juice

  • 2 ounces orange juice

  • 1-2 ounces lime juice

  • 2 tbsp grenadine

  • 2 tbsp simple syrup (optional)

  • orange slice and cherry for garnish


  1. Add all ingredients except garnish to cocktail shaker with ice.

  2. Shake!

  3. Strain into hurricane glass over ice.

  4. Garnish with orange slice and cherry.


Since we are surrounded by beaches and canals, most of the homes will require Flood Insurance.  This is based on how high the land is compared to sea level.  

Click here to Find Your Flood Zone?  

Once you determine your flood zone you can ask your mortgage lender if flood insurance is required.  Zones X typically does not require flood insurance, while A and AE will. Your insurance agent will provide you with a quote for Flood insurance.  Newer homes should only run $100 - $200 a month for coverage.  Quotes may be higher on older homes that are not built to current required height or with current building codes. 

SW Florida building codes are designed to make our homes stronger and better equipped to handle a storm.

  • Built higher & with effective drainage for heavy rainfall

  • Seawalls & retaining walls on pools to protect your home from changing water levels on the canals.

  • Concrete block construction to withstand high winds. 

  • Roof pitch and construction to perform better in high winds

  • Shutters or Hurricane Impact Glass to secure your home.

Here is a link to A Hurricane Checklist

to Download and Print 

I think FEMA forgot to add the hurricane ingredients to the checklist... so bookmark this page for later.  

If there is a storm CALL LEGACY and we can help you arrange to put up your shutters, answer questions, and check on your home.  

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