FLORIDA TODAY Along with the housing and construction industries, surveying, once one of the most sought after occupations in real estate, has taken a hit in the faltering economy.
Using science, math and history to measure the earth's surface and locate exact points, the industry relies heavily on construction to survive. Local surveyors say that business has been down by at least 50 percent.
"I've laid off 20 people to date. I have 10 left," said Kevin Smith, who purchased Smith Surveying & Mapping, Inc., in Palm Bay, from his father in 1992. "I've talked to him about it, and he's mentioned that '73 was bad, '89 was bad, '92 was bad. This is worse than all three put together." ...