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Today I received my copy of the First Draft of the Florida Building Code
for review.  I get one chance to have my comments considered, a 4 hour
meeting on May 27.  And a portion of that hour will be taken up by NFPA
Life Safety Code considerations.

Am I wasting time voicing my concerns?  Can I expect the paternal/maternal
instincts of the Code Committee to be so strong that the "child" must be
protected from all parties, whether he's delinquent or not?  

BTW, I just weighed the "baby" on my bathroom scales... 9 1/2 pounds.

Please advise,

Fountain E. Conner, P.E.
Gulf Breeze, Fl. 32561


Warning!!!  "severely snipped"

> From: Charles Greenlaw <cgreenlaw(--nospam--at)>
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)
> Subject: Re: Seismic Upgrade ..... Appeal to those who created the code
> Date: Thursday, May 06, 1999 3:33 PM

> CG:        The topic at hand is one of
> challenging the mechanisms by which excesses of regulations come to
> us. ...that challenging can come across as unpleasant, divisive,
> scathing, etc., especially to those who enjoy being regulation mongers. 
> audra ranous continues:
> >Those who believe that their opinions and efforts matter--can make
> a difference;  those who believe that nothing they do matters are also
> correct.  It's a question of what a person believes is important--for
> themselves; for their profession; for their community, et al., and what
> are willing to contribute of their knowledge and efforts toward the
> CG:     Yes.  Particularly for those who altruistically volunteer their
> efforts to their profession and community, it can be very dismaying to
> suffer criticism over their work product, or to have it rejected
> That kind of rejection is happening now in connection with the 1997 UBC
> seismic provisions. Sure it hurts. But the fact that it hurts cannot be
> accepted as a weapon to quash criticism or rejection. In other words,
> volunteerism does not entitle the volunteer regulator to special
> compared to those being regulated beyond their willingness.
> Charles O. Greenlaw, SE    Sacramento CA