TCPalm: Treasure Coast citrus acreage continues to decline; Martin close to losing it all

(Source: TCPalm)

Nowhere in Florida has acreage fallen as sharply as in Martin County. It has less than 15 percent remaining of the 48,221 acres in production in 1994. The county has suffered the greatest loss for four consecutive years and has been declining since 1994.

The biggest problem is that developers “hoping to hit the big time” bought large parcels of citrus land in Martin County over the past decade and did not properly maintain the groves … Not only did many of those groves become infected with canker or greening, but they spread the diseases to neighboring groves.

For the complete TCPalm story (subscription only): http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2013/apr/19/treasure-coast-citrus-acreage-continues-to-close/

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