Florida Citrus Hall of Fame names this year's honorees

12/11/2013 10:38:00 AM
Vicky Boyd

Florida Citrus Hall of FameThe Florida Citrus Hall of Fame will be inducting three industry leaders at its annual awards luncheon, March 7, 2014.

They are Stephen Caruso, Orlando; Robert Pitman Jr. (deceased), formerly of Apopka; and Dr. Robert Prevatt, Lakeland, according to a news release.

• Caruso started in the family's Southern Fruit Distributors and went on to become chief executive officer of processing giant Citrus World Inc.

He is past president of the Juice Products Association and the Florida Citrus Processors' Association.

• Pitman was involved in the successful lobbying to establish the Florida Agricutlural Tax Law, also known as the Greenbelt Law, which saved growers millers of dollars in property taxes.

He also was involved with developing new varieties, including a mandarin-type known as the Ponkan, and he helped establish the Budwood Certification Program.

Pitman was one of the organizers and charter members of the Florida Citrus Nurseryman's Association and helped stump for a Budwood Registration Program.

• Prevatt, a horticulture and citrus professor a Florida Southern College, promoted time in the field as the best experience.

He was the first manager of the State Soils Lab in Gainesville before joining the Lakeland college. Prevatt retired as director of The Citrus Institute there in 1999.

For more information about the Citrus Hall of Fame or to order tickets for the luncheon, visit the hall's website.

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