Agricultural officials said they have found a highly contagious disease that could damage citrus tree growth in the Florida Panhandle.
An appeals court Wednesday said the state is liable for compensating Palm Beach County residents for destroying their citrus trees, but ordered a new trial on the amount that should be paid.
A disease known around the world, but only recently prevalent on Florida citrus trees in the United States has now shown up in a second state.
A South Florida appeals court Wednesday cleared the way for a class-action lawsuit stemming from the state’s destruction of more than 247,000 citrus trees in Miami-Dade County.
Residents in Broward and Palm Beach Counties seeking money from the state for destroying citrus trees during an eradication effort must first go to the state Legislature to secure nearly $27 million in payments, the Fourth District Court of Appeal ruled Wednesday.
Homeowners who won a $19 million jury verdict against the state for its citrus canker eradication program which removed healthy fruit trees have now received the backing of a judge.
After waiting for more than a decade for the state to pay up, homeowners in two South Florida counties whose citrus trees were chopped down by the state to stop the spread of citrus canker are still for compensation.