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MIGHT PLASTIC HOUSES BE DISASTER ANSWER?

Business leaders organizing the rebuilding effort after Hurricane Andrew said Friday they are trying everything from plastic houses to international donations.

Two houses made entirely from plastic materials will be built by the end of next week in devastated Homestead as an experiment in replacement housing, said newspaper executive Alvah Chapman, picked by President Bush to coordinate private recovery work.Each 600-square-foot house will go up for under $20,000 and is designed to meet hurricane standards. "This may be the dumbest idea that's come down the pike, but then again it may be a good idea," Chapman said.

The state of Florida also is soliciting relief funds from abroad.