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For Whom the Bell Tolls - Protect your Home and Business from the Brutality of a Florida Storm

by Julia Harrold

While I was researching Florida Storms and Hurricanes, I learned some very interesting facts about the history of the residential and commercial building codes, and how they were redesigned and improved after a major hurricane caused damage and loss of life.  Interestingly, I also learned that Ernest Hemingway was a Florida resident, which is the reason for the title of this article.  My hope is that you will read this and then do your own research, then take steps to protect your home or business.  Replacing your windows, doors and sliding glass doors that are older than 2002, or were installed without a permit is crucial for your safety and peace of mind.  They need to be replaced with new impact rated quality glass; this is something every Florida home and/or business owner should be considering now. 

New building codes went into effect due to Hurricane Andrew revealing some critical gaps in the building code related to the safety and effectiveness of exterior facing home products and related building practices. New doors and windows are truly required if your home or commercial building does not meet the new codes, and an important aspect ist to consider the location and to be sure you choose windows and doors that are durable and strong against Florida’s famous winds from thunderstorms and, of course, hurricanes. 
Older windows, or anything installed without a permit, should be your first concern and should be replaced right away, keeping you from forking out extra cash due to damages to your home and/or business. Buildings closer to the coast can be hit by severe winds and need greater protection than buildings that are inland during the hurricane seasons. When you’re ready to protect your home, family, business/employees you can contact StormFitters for a free consultation -  - (727)544-0575

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Here are some interesting facts about "For Whom the Bell Tolls" from Wikipedia:

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Ernest Hemingway wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls in Havana, CubaKey West, Florida; and Sun Valley, Idaho in 1939.[2][3] In Cuba, he lived in the Hotel Ambos-Mundos where he worked on the manuscript.[4][5] The novel was finished in July 1940 and published in October.[6][7] It is based on Hemingway's experiences during the Spanish Civil War and features an American protagonist, named Robert Jordan, who fights with Spanish soldiers for the Republicans.[8] The characters in the novel include those who are purely fictional, those based on real people but fictionalized, and those who were actual figures in the war. Set in the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range between Madrid and Segovia, the action takes place during four days and three nights. For Whom the Bell Tolls became a Book of the Month Club choice, sold half a million copies within months, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and became a literary triumph for Hemingway.[8] Published on 21 October 1940, 

the first edition print run was 75,000 copies priced at $2.75.[9]


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