More stories about FLORIDA

  • Mea Culpa!

  • Eliminate Guesswork

    Facing growing pressure to bring projects in on budget, transportation managers?such as those at the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA)?have found that using off-the-shelf spreadsheet and database applications like Microsoft's Excel and Access are no longer robust enough to estimate the...

  • 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

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • Balancing act

    Though it's very uncommon for a private utility--electric, gas, or telecommunications--to refuse to move assets that are within the public right of way, disagreements occur and these instances are increasing.