Aerial photos, 1962 and 1988
One of the most pressing issues facing the citrus industry in the late 20th and early 21st century has been the slow encroachment of developers. The aerial photos from 1962 and 1988 outline the original Carrollwood area of Tampa that lies between Dale Mabry Boulevard, Busch Boulevard, and Fletcher Avenue. Growers often plant citrus trees beside lakes and on riverfronts to keep them warm during freezes. Developers place a premium on waterfront properties as well, so competition for these lands is inevitable. Skyrocketing land prices tempt struggling growers to sell out. The historic citrus-producing areas of the state have again shifted since the 1940s as the coastal areas have been developed. Today citrus is primarily grown in the south-central spine of the state from Polk County to the counties surrounding Lake Okeechobee.