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Re: [Aroid-l] Florida Citrus

  • Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Florida Citrus
  • From: Johnbalva@aol.com
  • Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2005 08:10:59 EST

Wait a minute! I'm no fan of government powers but things don't operate quite as depicted in
that E-mail. First, the state constitution gives the Department of Agriculture and its agents the right of trespass and when denied access an official warrant is served. Compensation is awarded ($100 for 1st tree or replacement with some plant other than citrus). Because there is no way to prove a negative all trees within a proscribed area are considered suspect and for the safety of other citrus are removed. I know of no instances of any state worker being involved in any physical altercations with property owners and there are laws to remedy abuse of this nature. One essential roll of government is to protect the health of its citizens and threats to economic structures. Citrus canker is a real threat to Florida's second largest industry and the state is responding in a sensible and legal manner.
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