PHOTO RELEASE: Sen. Rick Scott Hosts Roundtable with Citrus Growers in Highlands County

April 11, 2023

LAKE PLACID, Fla. – Today, Senator Rick Scott hosted a roundtable with Congressman Scott Franklin, the Highlands Citrus Association and citrus growers from Highlands, Hardee, Hendry and Glades Counties to discuss pressing issues facing the citrus industry. Following Hurricanes Ian and Nicole, communities across Florida have experienced loss and devastation. As Florida's agricultural communities, especially citrus growers, recover from these storms and other issues, Senator Scott continues to remain in contact with industry leaders and fight to ensure the federal government gets Floridians the support they need.


Senator Rick Scott said, “The loss and devastation caused by Hurricanes Ian and Nicole has forever changed communities across our state and the lives of so many Florida families and businesses. Folks in the Sunshine State are still picking up the pieces. These industries are the backbone of our state and I will keep working to ensure they get the help they need to fully recover. I won’t stop fighting to make sure that the federal government keeps showing up.”


Congressman Scott Franklin said, “Our citrus growers know we are here to listen and help. Today’s roundtable event serves as an important reminder of the incredible devastation our growers suffered over the past year. I will continue to push my House colleagues to move my Block Grant Assistance Act, which Senator Scott is leading in his chamber. It will pave the way for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to bring relief to growers in the near term. I thank Senator Scott for putting this event together as we fight to help our critical citrus industry.”