Read "Condominium" a novel by John D. MacDonald published 1977. Best description ever written of 1) what hurricane wind/storm surge does 2) Florida barrier island ecology 3) how shoddy construction can bypass building code 4) history of greed-based developement fostering coastal construction. Story includes a detailed view from an engineering perspective of how concrete foundations piers often were built to fail under surge load. John D MacDonald was one of the major opponents of developements affecting the Everglades. There are few highrises along the Cape May county coastline, but similar history of massive developement .