In Edward Bloor's novel Tangerine, why did Paul and Erik Fisher's family moved to Florida?

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In Edward Bloor's young reader's novel Tangerine, protagonist middle schooler Paul Fisher, along with his older brother Erik, must move with his family from Houston, Texas, to Lake Windsor in Tangerine County, Florida, because his father has been hired to work a new job.

More specifically, his father has been hired by the county Department of Civil Engineering as the director of civil engineering. Later, we learn that he has been hired to manage a "small army of contractors" to stabilize a sinkhole and make sure it doesn't happen again. The sinkhole opened up in the soccer field of Lake Windsor Middle School after a torrential rain storm and temporarily uprooted students though did not injure any students. Paul's father has to take a lot of heat working his new job from reporters who want to know how the Department of Civil Engineering could be so stupid as to build a school "over a huge sinkhole" (p. 85). Matters are made worse when Paul's Dad can't find the geological surveys that were supposed to be conducted before building. Paul is also disappointed when he realizes he'll have to transfer to Tangerine Middle School for the rest of the year. But on the upside, Paul tries out for the new school's soccer team and is happy when he is made goalie.

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