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Florida’s Civil Engineers Give the State a “C”

March 18th, 2008 by Mike Vasilinda

A new report by Florida’s Civil engineers says our quality of life is being diminished by a lack of state investment in roads, schools and other infrastructure. The report card gives Florida facilities an overall grade of “C”, but investment in schools and energy related structures were only a D+. State Representative Stephen Precourt, who is also an engineer, says the effects are showing up in our everyday lives.

“Every year it takes a little bit longer to get to and from work and school,” Precourt said. “Every year water pressure in your showers is going down and the quality of that water is potentially a problem and that could be a catastrophic problem as well. So every year you get less reliability out of your energy and that makes major employers look less and less at coming to Florida.”

The engineering society says Florida needs to invest a minimum of ten billion dollars a year over the next 20 years to bring critical infrastructure up to par.

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