Florida Politics is a statewide, new media platform covering campaigns, elections, government, policy, and lobbying in Florida.Before Irma's broadside, the industry had been struggling to recover from citrus greening, the disease that has helped cut Florida citrus production by more than 60 percent over the past decade. Growers had just begun to make progress in spite of the disease, but now they must rebound from a storm so powerful that some groves reported every orange ripped from their trees, according to the Florida Department of Agriculture.
Action News Jax spoke with the St. Johns County director of public works Wednesday to try and get answers for these neighbors who are trapped and was told there are two problems.Okra shipments in September were limited to just 6,400 25-pound cartons. The previous four-year average for that crop was 40,000 cartons.To qualify for the program, applicants must have lived or worked in a county declared for FEMA individual assistance and not receive regular food assistance.A matter of miles could have made Irma’s impact on Florida much much worse.
Brace for higher orange prices as USDA expected to forecast smallest crop since 1940s
The St. Johns River Water Management District tested 43 sites in the river’s lower basin, roughly from the ocean to Lake George in Putnam County. But perhaps half of those readings weren’t available Wednesday through a data portal on the agency’s website because the results were very recent and still being finalized.
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“You can’t go too high, because then consumers switch to alternative product,” said Nelsen. “But you’ll still see a higher price on California navel oranges in the market this year.”“You can stand in any orange grove in Florida right now and listen to the fruit hitting the ground like rainfall because of the longer-term damage that continues to play out," Putnam told the lawmakers. "You can walk through any grove in Florida and smell the rot of fruit that was just weeks away from being harvested and for the first time in years may have been a larger crop than the year before."
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Florida Gov. Rick Scott and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Col. Jason Kirk address concerns about safety of the Herbert Hoover Dike in Clewison on Oct. 9, 2017. Credit Peter Haden / WLRN
• Decline in production since 2003: 70 percent“The hurricane is going to have some short-run impact on the labor market but I think it will dissipate in a matter of months,” he said.
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Per DCF: Up to $200 in assistance available for individuals, up to $650 available for family of 4. @ActionNewsJaxJust how devastated the orange crop is longer-term won’t be fully known until the season bears out next year, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture will release its crop estimates at noon Thursday. Adam Putnam, Florida commissioner of agriculture, and Meadows of Florida Citrus Mutual hold little hope it will reflect the latest damage.”There are a lot of needs around this country. Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas. Hurricane Maria has devastated our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico, and Hurricane Irma has devastated the state of Florida,” said Adam Putnam, Florida Agriculture Commissioner.Sorry, there are no recent results for popular commented articles.
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The Islamorada Resort Company has estimated that it may take up to six months to stagger the reopening of its four resorts.
A baby turtle was found on the highway a day after Irma. It was easy to name
Visit Florida President and CEO Ken Lawson said Wednesday he isn’t backing off the 120-million tourist goal set at the start of the year by Gov. Rick Scott, though an economic impact study of the storm is underway.
The Florida Keys and Hurricane Irma
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Florida orange crop expected to be lowest in 75 years 10/11/17 AgricultureBy Malena Carollo, Times Staff Writer This was supposed to be the year Florida’s citrus industry rebounded. After a decade of fighting a losing battle against a tree-killing disease and declining yields, growers thought this year’s abundant crop promised a turnaround. Then, just weeks before harvest, Hurricane Irma hit.
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“it might take as many as two to three years to get everything back up to the original quantities that we had Pre-Hurricane Irma because it was really that affecting.”
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US out of World Cup contention with 2-1 loss at Trinidad October 10, 2017 The United States has been eliminated from World Cup contention, a shocking loss at Trinidad ending the Americans’ streak of seven straight …That Florida has recovered as well as it has is largely due to regulations the Legislature ordered the Public Service Commission to write after Hurricane Andrew and the storms of 2004 and 2005. That’s judging by testimony from PSC officials and executives of three investor-owned utilities before Trumbull’s committee, and before a Senate panel on Tuesday.
Irma quickly proved it was a force to be reckoned with by becoming one of the strongest hurricanes we've ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean. This frightening storm was led toward Florida by a strong area of high pressure in the Atlantic called the "Bermuda High." Hurricanes glide west along the southern edge of this high pressure zone and depending on its strength, a storm can take a more northerly or southerly track.
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Last week, flooding closed St. Johns County’s branch library in the farming town of Hastings for a day.
Massive turnout for “Food for Florida” Irma relief program
Conversation Guidelines and FAQs“Did all those things work? Did they stand up to Irma’s power? And how can we fix those things in the future?” he said.
“That may be reflecting storm prep,” said Sean Snaith, economist for the University of Central Florida. Retailers were working hard to get supplies and groceries into stores before the storm, for example.
“Today I made an appointment with them and they’re supposedly coming out at 10 a.m.,” said Bergeron.
“Our concern for the dike is not going to be driven by a specific lake level,” Campbell says. “Our concern is going to be driven by the conditions we actually see — are we seeing any erosion or things of that nature.”
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“The path of Irma could not have been more lethal to Florida’s agriculture,” Lovett told lawmakers. She says the department is working with Florida’s congressional delegation for a relief package.
After Irma, Slow-Moving Crisis Headed For Lake Okeechobee By Jill Roberts of WQCS • Sep 18, 2017 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers The winds and outer bands of Hurricane Irma are long gone, but as rainwater drains south through Florida’s rivers and watersheds, the storm still presents a slow-moving crisis headed right for Lake Okeechobee.