Florida’s Nursery Industry Hammered By Hurricane Frances
Florida’s nursery and landscape industry was hammered again as Hurricane Frances wreaked havoc throughout Florida’s peninsula.
Initial estimates of nursery crop loss and structural damage from Hurricane Frances is in the $350 to $400 million range. When combined with the $100 to $200 million estimate from Hurricane Charley which hit three weeks earlier, Florida’s nursery & landscape industry has taken a $450 to $600 million hit.
“These loss estimates do not include nursery costs of preparing for the hurricanes, getting back up and running, and lost sales during these extended periods of business interruptions,” says Ben Bolusky, executive vice president of the Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Association.
“While we have nurseries flattened in some parts of the state and other nurseries under water, this is a large and resilient industry. Florida’s foliage and nursery industry is open for business,” says FNGLA President Bill Klinger.
FNGLA is working closely with Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Charles Bronson, Governor Jeb Bush, and the state’s congressional delegation in seeking the needed federal assistance to Florida’s $9.9 billion nursery and landscape industry and the 158,000 Floridians it employs.
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