But how many have actually seen the heart of Bithlo for themselves?
Turn off 50 onto County Road 13, for example, and the trailer homes are so old and decrepit that it looks as if a breath of wind could tip them over. Junkyards pile cars several stories high.
Drainage ditches aren't maintained well enough to prevent flooding after a hard rain. An old recycling facility that operated as a dump has sat neglected for years and is a suspected source of environmental contamination. Everyone in the community relies on well water, and black tanks at some well sites warn of contamination from an old gasoline leak at a nearby gas station.
For a lot of people in Bithlo, living here is a cheaper alternative to living closer to Orlando, about 20 miles away.
But the trade-offs come at a high price. For one thing, getting from one place to another can be an all-day project since Bithlo lost its public bus service.
Tonya Watne shares a small trailer with her husband and their three young children. He works in a day labor pool and uses the family's only car. She's looking for a job.
"There's no way to get anywhere to do anything," she said.
Lynx offers a call-ahead pick-up service for Bithlo, but she said it's unreliable.
"I've missed doctor's appointments for my kids because it either doesn't show up or shows up really late," Watne said.
Sometimes she rides a bicycle and tows the kids in a bike trailer. She doesn't feel safe walking or cycling along 50.
"I walk against traffic for that reason," she said. "If there's going to be a car that hits me at least I have time to try to push my kids out of the way."
Tim McKinney says he's seen a number of pedestrian accidents on 50 since he started working in Bithlo in 2009.
It's just one of the things that make Bithlo anything but comical.
McKinney works for United Global Outreach, which started a small school in the community and is pushing for cleaner water and clean-up of the old dump. He drives the streets of Bithlo like an all-in-one cop, mayor and dad.
On Friday, his white Chevy pick-up turns down a dirt road to a cluster of homes just a few feet from a fence surrounding the dump. People call him by name.
"Tim's the one that's stirred it up and we're grateful for it, actually trying to get something done," says Terry Parrott, who has lived in Bithlo most of his life.
Parrott has fought with the county over flooding problems on his street. During the hurricanes he had water over his front steps and nearly into his home.
He says Bithlo's problems go beyond simple neglect by the county.
"The people and the county neglected this, everybody's at fault for this," he said. "I'm not just blaming the county, but the county could have fixed most the problems out here."
Parrott just received a bad-news letter a few months ago from the state. Seems his water is not safe to drink because of iron content. He remembers his daughter not wanting to get in the bath as a child because the water looked so dirty.
The solution to the water problem seems as simple as hooking Bithlo into the county's main water supply. The water lines run just about a mile short of Bithlo. But nothing has happened because of the cost to the county and the thousands of dollars in hook-up fees for residents who can't afford it.
McKinney says Bithlo's problems can be solved. There are grants and other money available to fix the water problem.
What's missing is political will. You know, the kind of all-out mobilization you'd expect to see if Isleworth had brown water coming out of their taps.
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