Some things you don't have to worry about. Unless, of course, you want to.
The Wilmington, N.C., Star News reports that North Carolina coastal flood insurance rates may surge because N.C. has declinded to adopt international window codes.
But the story says:
South Carolina was embroiled in a similar debate about the stiffer building codes earlier this decade, with similar concerns raised by the development community.
But Gary Wiggins, administrator for the S.C. Building Codes Council, said the state made the code mandatory two years ago in part because coastal communities protested the loss of flood insurance discounts.
Although the new codes did increase house prices, he said builders adapted by designing homes with less glass. Some also now market their use of shatter-resistant glass as a selling point.
You can calculate how well your savings plan is working.
Bo Peterson tells us in today's Post and Courier:
Unlike their fierce crocodile cousins, American alligators tend to be shy, as wild creatures go. They usually drop in the water and go under when confronted. Rhodes has worked in nests while the mom backed off and watched.
But he's had the occasional gator make, what biologists call, a false charge - spring forward with a menacing display of the teeth. He bopped their noses with a boat paddle to keep them back.
"I think it's more like, 'Look, I'm here. I'm big and bad. Keep moving,' It's similar to a snake's rattle," he said.