DESIGNING FOR STORM AND WAVE DAMAGE IN COASTAL BUILDINGS

Spencer M. Rogers

Abstract


Gulf Shores is a small town on the Gulf of Mexico near Mobile, Alabama (Figure 1). The area is geologically part of a wide peninsula extending from the eastern side of Mobile Bay. Several brackish water lakes along the peninsula create barrier islandlike features along the Gulf shoreline. Gulf Shores, like many other beach communities, gradually evolved from fishing shacks and modest beach cottages into a resort community of primarily single-family residences and second homes. By 1979, the national boom in beach resort development was beginning and several motels and condominiums had been completed, others planned.

Keywords


wave damage; storm damage; damage prediction; coastal buildings

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