December 16, 2010

Extension of Executive Order

Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Charles H. Bronson has requested and received an extension of the Governor’s Executive Order declaring a state of emergency in order to help farmers respond to this week’s cold snap. The extension will continue the temporary suspension of weight restriction for trucks until December 31.

Bronson originally requested the Emergency Order on December 10 just prior to the freeze so farmers could harvest as much of their crops as possible and get them out of harm’s way. It was set to expire on the 17th, however, Bronson says the agriculture industry is now in salvage mode and needs to continue harvesting and transporting crops to processing and retail facilities before they rot.

Bronson has alerted organizations representing the state’s agricultural producers and trucking interests of the Governor’s action so they can load and transport crops in accordance with the relaxed highway restrictions. Florida’s growers produce nearly all the nation’s domestically produced fresh fruits and vegetables during the winter.

For information about the weight, height, length and width restrictions for vehicles transporting crops on Florida’s highways, and information about DOT Road Use Permit Letters, Visit:

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