Due to the current Public Health Emergency declared by the State of Florida and the Chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, the Tribal Council has declared an emergency closing Tribal Wide beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 until further notice, as we strive to keep our Tribal Community and employees safe at this time.
Some Seminole Tribe Of Florida and Seminole Tribe Of Florida, Inc. departments have 24/7 operations and will remain open with limited business hours until further notice. Please check our site for continuous updates and information. We Thank You for your continued business and support.
The original plan was to provide work for the local population on the reservation. As the economy of the citrus industry shifted to the low side of returns, the plan was changed to raise fruit as efficiently as possible.
Within the next five years, soil surveys were prepared and specific locations for this "suitable" acreage was pinpointed. A BIA grant offered technical assistance to determine the feasibility of purchasing existing leased citrus groves and developing additional acreage.
Nearly two decades before, the Tribe had leased out some 1500 acres to private interest, who maintained "world class" groves of lemon (Big Cypress Groves, Inc.) and grapefruit (Garden Groves, Inc.). The Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc. purchased the leases on these two operations, in 1990.