lawsuits filed by Polk County citrus growers will challenge the legality of the
state's Citrus Canker Eradication Program.
first suit, filed Monday (December19) at the 10th Circuit Court in Bartow on behalf
of Reed Brothers, Inc. of Dundee, demands more than $2.5 million after the current
1,900-foot eradication law put a company citrus nursery out of business by imposing
a two-year quarantine. The 1,900-foot law requires every citrus tree within a
1,900-foot radius of a canker-infected tree to be destroyed.
Service & Equipment filed the second suit Tuesday (December 20), declaring
the program to be unconstitutional since hurricanes made victory against the disease
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