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The new performance stage planned for the Fort Walton Landing is designed to hold up in 150-mph winds, says City Manager Michael Beedie. Plans call for the $1.5 million stage to be an open-air facility that extends partially over the Santa Rosa Sound. The modernly equipped structure will replace the existing stage, which does not have a permanent roof. “The 2017 Florida Building Code is what all structures are designed to by law in the state of Florida, including the stage,” Beedie said Tuesday in an email. “It is designed to meet 150 mph wind loads as required.” Hurricane Michael, a rare Category 5 storm, made landfall in Mexico Beach last October with maximum sustained winds of 161 mph, according to the National Weather Service. Beedie said artist renderings of the future performance stage are only conceptual at this point and do not include any structural design. The final design and rendering will be the actual engineered, designed structure, he said. “The main stage structure is constructed of concrete and steel,” Beedie said. “The roofing material is a metal roof attached to steel trusses.” When asked what would prevent the stage roof from flying away in a hurricane or tornado, Beedie said the steel roof trusses for the main roof system are connected to a poured-in-place, solid concrete cylinder that transfers structural loads into a large concrete foundation system.

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