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Director, Mosquito Control Division Department of Solid Waste Management, Miami, FL

Nature of work

This is a highly responsible position directing the countywide mosquito control functions within the Department of Solid Waste Management. The position is responsible for providing strategic, operational and administrative leadership for the County’s Mosquito Control Program by closely collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Florida Department of Health, Florida Department of Agriculture, local, state, national and international entities, to establish and implement goals, strategies, action plans and policies for the control and eradication of mosquitoes and mosquito-borne illnesses, to include exploration of emerging technologies. Continue reading

Lifting of fruit fly quarantine spells victory in Florida

In Southeast Farm Press

by Tom Nordlie, University of Florida

The lifting of an agricultural quarantine in Miami-Dade County Feb. 13 signaled victory over the invasive Oriental fruit fly and a return to business as usual for growers within a 99-square-mile area that includes vegetable farms, nurseries, packing houses, residential neighborhoods and much of the state’s commercial tropical fruit acreage.

The fruit fly, known scientifically as Bactrocera dorsalis, is known to feed on more than 400 crops, including scores grown in Florida, Payne said. Once established, the insect may cause 25 to 50 percent losses in food-crop harvests. In August 2015, specimens began to appear in south Miami-Dade County fruit fly monitoring traps, prompting FDACS to impose a temporary quarantine on 99 square miles that include an agriculture-dependent area known as The Redland. Altogether, the county’s agricultural activities generate $1.6 billion in revenues each year. Continue reading