LEE COUNTY, Fla. – The checks are in the mail. Or practically in the mail, to compensate Lee County property owners who dropped their citrus trees to the state’s unsuccessful canker-combating campaign 15 to 17 many years ago.
The checks are expected to go out Friday, subsequent a extensive-drawn-out lawful fight, reported Robert Gilbert, a Coral Gables lawyer who represents the property owners.
“We’re delighted to finally distribute payments to countless numbers of Lee County home owners whose non-public home was taken extensive back. Even though the legal journey was very long and hard, justice in the end prevailed,” he reported.
The payouts to 12,000 homes will full about $16.8 million, which include curiosity. Checks will vary from $458 to far more than $1,000.
The amount of cash householders will acquire is based mostly on how numerous wholesome-seeking trees they shed, less any compensation they presently obtained from the condition.