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Updated: 12/02/2017 03:34:54PM

Irma’s impact to be felt for a long time by citrus industry

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FILE- In this Sept. 13, 2017 file photo U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., left, and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-FL, listens to Michael Sparks, the CEO of Florida Citrus Mutual, an industry group, in Lake Wales, Fla. The senators toured an orange grove in Lake Wales to assess the scope of damage to the state's iconic crop in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Nelson might face Gov. Rick Scott, as he contemplates a run for U.S. Senate next year. (AP Photo/Tamara Lush, File)


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LAKE WALES – Having both U.S. Senators in Lake Wales at the same time would normally be cause for a celebration.

But last week’s visit by Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio was far from a festive occasion.

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