Federally and state subsidized flood and wind insurance have encouraged overbuilding in coastal zones, thereby worsening the economic destructiveness of hurricanes and severe storms. Governments should stop subsidizing activity in hazardous areas and instead allow the market for coastal property insurance to encourage individuals to exercise greater caution by building sturdier buildings and moving farther from the coast.

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