The Bristol and Hurricane Irma: Did protective windows hold up?


Hurricane Irma got a lot of people rethinking their home’s construction. Over at The Bristol, the storm provided a test of some of its features.

The Bristol features 11-foot glass panels providing open vistas of the Intracoastal Waterway, Palm Beach and the Atlantic Ocean.

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Although the panels are hurricane resistant, not all of them were installed on each floor when the storm hit Palm Beach County in September. That means that on floors where only half the panels were installed, the wind would be hitting the glass from the inside, not the outside.

How would the glass perform? Good question.

“I was sweating it out,” Developer Al Adelson said, “But we didn’t lose one pane of glass.”

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Another bonus of the condominium is that its generator can power the entire building, including the air conditioning. Although most of The Bristol’s buyers probably will be elsewhere during the summer hurricane season, Adelson said it’s an added plus to know that if the area does lose power, Bristol residents still will have A/C and lights.

Electricity again became a big issue for Palm Beach County residents after parts of the county lost power for a week or more.

This includes an unnamed Palm Beach resident who collects expensive fish and lives in an island condominium, Adelson said. His condo didn’t have a generator, and therefore his unit lost power. “And lo and behold, his fish tanks lost power and three or four of his famous fish died,” Adelson said. “He was really mad.”

The man flirted with buying a condo at The Bristol, but he ended up staying at his Palm Beach condo and urging the property’s management to buy a generator, Adelson said.

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