More stories about FLORIDA

  • Teeing up a solution

    Despite the fact that Florida is surrounded by water, an increasing demand for a fresh water supply—especially for irrigation purposes—is a challenge many municipal officials in the state continually face.

  • Relieving congestion

    Exploding growth and increased tourism have taken their toll on State Road 408 (SR 408), the 16-mile limited-access toll road that allows travelers to bypass downtown surface streets in Orlando, Fla. The Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority needed to add lanes to SR 408 to increase capacity...

  • Landfill-gas-to-energy project wins recognition

    A landfill-gas-to-energy project in Florida has been designated Project of the Year by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

  • Miami-Dade taps female PW director

    Miami-Dade County—one of the largest in the country—has appointed longtime employee Esther Calas as its new director of public works. Calas, who joined the department in 1976 as an engineering drafter, replaces Aristides Rivera, who is retiring after 32 years with the county.

  • William P. Baxter, P.E.: Public works director Orange County Public Works, Orlando, Fla.

    Bill Baxter stands at the helm of one of the biggest public works agencies in Florida, with an operational budget of $70 million and a capital improvement budget of nearly S200 million. In addition to his role as public works director, Baxter serves as county engineer. Understandably, his myriad...