December 1, 2004
During the last century the Florida citrus industry has experienced an accelerating relocation southward. This has been due, in the main, to the effects of weather and urbanization. While production areas have been relocated rather rapidly, merely planting further south as groves are lost in the northern areas, fresh fruit packing facilities are less portable. This has resulted in the necessity of hauling fruit further distances to the packinghouse. At the same time there has been a gradual decline in the amount of fresh fruit packed, this has resulted in the closing of many packinghouses and changing use patterns in those remaining.