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Homeowner Canker Payments Coming

Dan Citrus, Economy, Huanglongbing (HLB)/Citrus Greening

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Approximately 12,000 Lee County homeowners in Florida will receive checks in early January as compensation for citrus trees destroyed in the state’s citrus canker eradication program, according to attorney Robert Gilbert. Gilbert was the lead counsel representing the homeowners in a class action lawsuit for the past 17 years.

According to Gilbert, the residential trees that were destroyed by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services were not infected with canker.

Roughly half of the homeowners will receive checks ranging from $458 to $1,000, while the other half will receive checks greater than $1,000, Gilbert stated. The check amounts are based on the number of eligible trees destroyed at each homeowner’s property, less any state-issued compensation previously used by the homeowner. 

The Lee County class action lawsuit was …..

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