Annexation plan for Gardinier Florida Citrus groves

More than 900 acres of citrus groves, owned by Sarasota-based Gardinier Florida Citrus, was recently approved in a master annexation plan by the Lake Wales City Commission.

Shelton Rice from Peterson & Myers, on what the Gardinier Master Annexation agreement means for the future of the 932 acres of citrus: “It lays out when portions of the property covered under agreement will be annexed into the city. It really obligates the landowner to provide a petition for voluntary annexation to the city for certain portions, no later than ‘X’ date. That agreement allows petitions to be provided to the city as far out as 20 years from now for certain portions of the property.”

The Gardinier family has owned the Lake Wales tract since September 2009, growing a variety of citrus under its wholly owned subsidiary based in Sarasota. The Gardinier Florida Citrus website states the company produces “200,000 boxes of fruit or 1.2 million gallons of orange juice” annually.

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