MEXICO BEACH, FL (WCBD) – The owners of a Florida home that made it through Hurricane Michael say the design saved their home.
The three-story rental known as “The Sand Palace” is located in Mexico Beach, which took the brunt of the storm.
It sparked public interest after it was shown standing high on stilts above the debris left in Michael’s wake.
The owners say the house was built with hurricanes in mind.
For instance, Hurricane Michael made landfall packing maximum sustained winds of 155-miles per hour. The Sand Palace was built to withstand about 240 to 250-miles per hour winds.
“When it came time to to make a decision about what level of material or what to use, we didn’t pay attention to code,” said the home’s owner, Dr. Lebron Lackey. “We went above and beyond code and we asked the question: what would survive the big one? And we’ve consistently tried to build it for that.”
Michael did not leave the house unscathed, though. The owners say its ground floor and the stairs up to the middle floor are gone.
So are the windows in one of the bedrooms and all of the utilities need replacing.