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Florida makes it through first night of freeze

by Christina DiMartino | February 05, 2009
The predicted freeze was "not as bad as forecast last night," Ted Campbell, executive director of the Florida Strawberry Association in Dover, FL, told The Produce News Thursday, Feb. 5. He was referring to the cold front that passed through Florida Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

"We feel like we dodged the proverbial bullet," said Michael W. Sparks, executive vice president and chief executive officer of Florida Citrus Mutual in Lakeland, FL. "There will probably be spot damage here and there, but in terms of large scale problems, we came through OK."

Thermostats are expected to drop again Thursday night and Friday morning, however, with a possible low of 21 degrees occurring between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m.

Despite having to bear down for another frosty night, Mr. Campbell's gratefulness on behalf of the membership could not be dissuaded. "It looks like growers will have minimal damage," he said. "One more cool night and we'll be picking plenty for Valentines Day!"