CITRUS CANKER FOUND IN PORT ST. LUCIE, EAST ORANGE COUNTY
At least 21 trees in a residential neighborhood of Port St. Lucie have been confirmed as infected with citrus canker, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services officials said Tuesday (December 28), marking the first time the disease has been found in St. Lucie County.
The trees have been destroyed. All homeowners affected have signed waivers allowing their trees to be removed. The nearest commercial grove, more than four miles to the west, was not affected.
In addition to the St. Lucie find, federal inspectors identified
11 infected trees in the Waterford Lakes area in east Orange County,
about eight miles east of the disease's previous boundary in that
county. Crews have removed 30 trees in the area.
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