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 01/11/2006 07:16 PM
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Published Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Canker 1,900-Rule Won't Be Enforced

By Kevin Bouffard
The Ledger

Live with canker. Five pages of documents released today by Florida Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson amount to those three words directed to the state's citrus growers.

Bronson and Chuck Conner, the deputy secretary at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, acknowledged in the documents eradication of the canker bacteria in Florida is no longer possible as a matter of fact, both biological and economic. The hurricanes during the past two years saw to that.

``USDA scientists also consulted with a panel of global experts in citrus diseases about the current situation in Florida. It was their conclusion that the disease is now so widely distributed that eradication is infeasible,'' according Conner's letter to Bronson dated Tuesday.

The decision means the controversial 1,900-foot rule will no longer be enforced and that state Agriculture Department officials will ask the Legislature to change the law when it reconvenes in March, said Liz Compton, a department spokeswoman.

While the law will remain on the books until then, the state has no money to enforce it without federal assistance, she said.

``Every law is contingent on funding for enforcement,'' Compton said.

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 01/13/2006 05:45 AM
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They gave up, or does Florida plan on scrapping the citrus industry in leu of development?

Citrus canker plan scrapped

Disease is too widespread for enforcement of 1,900-foot rule

 01/14/2006 06:06 PM
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I think the Federal Government threw in the towel and stopped the funding.

State of Florida followed suit.

Been hearing the State didn't have money to pay for many trees already cut down, something like $3M.
Bet they didn't take any cost cutting measures, just kept whacking within the 1900 foot rule.

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 01/14/2022 04:34 PM
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Owners to get $42 million for citrus trees Florida destroyed
By MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press - 6h ago

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Sixteen years after their legal battle began, about 18,000 homeowners in central Florida will be paid more than $42 million collectively by the state of Florida for destroying their citrus trees during an effort to eradicate a harmful citrus disease.

The homeowners in Orange County will receive about $700 per healthy tree destroyed as part of an order issued in state court in Orlando last month. A judgment from a 2014 trial assessed the value of each healthy tree as $344, but fees and interests over the years doubled the per-tree payment.

More than 60,000 healthy, uninfected trees were destroyed in Orange County between 2002 and 2006 as part of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' efforts to eradicate citrus canker, according to the lawsuit.

While unharmful to humans, citrus canker can cause the leaves and fruit of citrus trees to drop prematurely and create unappealing lesions on the fruit. The lesions leak bacterial cells that can spread to other trees by wind, rain or contaminated equipment, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services had argued that the homeowners' trees were a public nuisance and didn't have value worth compensating. Under the program, healthy trees that were within 1900 feet (580 meters) of an infected tree were destroyed in an effort to stop the disease's spread.

As compensation, the state in the 2000s offered Florida homeowners $100 Walmart gift cards for their first destroyed tree and $55 for each additional tree. In cases where homeowners resisted, authorities threatened arrest or obtained warrants to go onto private property and destroy trees.

The Florida Legislature approved payments for the Orange County homeowners last year. A third-party administrator will distribute the checks and track down homeowners whose addresses are no longer current.

Tens of thousands of homeowners in Broward, Lee and Palm Beach counties won class action lawsuits against the state over their destroyed trees, and compensations varied by county. A case in Miami-Dade County is still pending.
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