Public Health & Safety

Fight the Bite: Orange County Prepared for Mosquito Season

With the hot, rainy afternoons upon us, residents should take comfort in the fact that Orange County Mosquito Control is working to keep mosquito populations manageable and curb the spread of mosquito-borne diseases such as encephalitis, dengue, West Nile, Zika and chikungunya do not spread. “We actually perform sampling and check our surveillance sites every […]

Cleaning the Drains: Orange County Public Works Preps for Hurricane Season

Orange County Public Works is currently inspecting the County’s primary and secondary drainage systems, which include canal systems, retention ponds and subdivision street inlet...

Fertilize Responsibly This Summer: Zero Nitrogen Equals Clean Water Bodies

While summer rains cool us down, they also wash fertilizer off our yards and fuel algae growth in our lakes, rivers and springs. We...

Splash into Summer: Water Safety Tips for Families

Did you know it only takes a few inches of water for a small child to drown? According to the Centers for Disease Control...

COVID-19 Vaccines Now Available for Children Ages 6 Months to 4 Years

COVID-19 vaccines for our youngest Orange County residents are now available for children ages 6 months to 4 years. On June 17, 2022, the...

Scam Alert: The Importance of Hiring Licensed Contractors

Unsuspecting consumers can be easy prey for unlicensed contractors, whose bids almost invariably come in lower than bids from licensed contractors. The strong appeal...

Keeping Mentally Ill Offenders Out of Jail Critical in Improving Health System of Care

It’s a reality that most jails across the country house more mentally ill people than do hospitals. More than 40 percent of inmates have...

Orange County Public Works Pitches in after Tragic Crash

It was a horrific accident in March of 2021, as FHP troopers determined a speeding SUV struck the side of a car, killing two...

Mayor Demings: We Must Improve Mental and Behavioral Health Care

The mental health and behavioral system of care have been overburdened for years, and recent research suggests the situation has been exacerbated by the...

Transportation Choices: Ranking the Cleanest Ways to Travel

Human beings are good at comparing things in order to make informed choices. Recently, a transportation information technology group (TNMT) ranked vehicles to compare...