More stories about Orlando-Kissimmee%2C FL

  • Water Journeys from Sea to Sink

    Wholesale supplier Tampa Bay Water has begun selling water produced by the nation's largest reverse-osmosis seawater desalination facility. So far, the customers are public utilities in Florida's Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas counties and the cities of New Port Richey, St. Petersburg, and Tampa.

  • Friends Indeed

  • Clearing the Road

    Lake Forest, Calif., had a big challenge. One of southern Orange County's oldest communities, the city was surrounded by shiny new retail centers that were stealing local shoppers and dollars. Further complicating the problem was El Toro Road; the primary roadway to the city's downtown was ranked...

  • Down & Dirty January 2008

  • Skewed Views

    Eurpoean towns jettison traffic lights, signs; Florida Stadium leaves fans high and dry.

  • Florida City Uses Performance Deficits to Drive Performance Management

    Performance deficits force public works departments to prioritize their performance-measurement efforts. If your council cut you loose—i.e., jumped on the performance-management wagon without providing direction—avoid wasting time and energy by focusing on projects that improve quality of life in...

  • County Cuts Right of Way Incidents 71%

    When Verizon announced plans to lay 16 million feet of fiber-optic cable throughout Hillsborough County, Fla., infrastructure managers were poised to avoid the chaos that usually accompanies "fiber-to-the-premises" projects.

  • Pinpoint accuracy

    Much like a mapping program that gives you the wrong driving directions, the privately owned Jacksonville (Fla.) Electric Authority was finding that many of its electric, water, and sewer services were incorrectly mapped.

  • Shock therapy

    Corrosion of reinforcing steel in concrete is a dangerous problem--and all too common for the many bridges in Florida's salt-water environments. It induces cracks and spalls, which compromises structural integrity and public safety.

  • Down & Dirty August 2007