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Mesothelioma and Asbestos in Florida

Florida

There are many sites in Florida where asbestos exposure occurred including Cape Canaveral. NASA technical reports indicate that asbestos was used in numerous applications that included soldering bases and pressurized vessels used to contain gases and rocket fuel.

During the last twenty years of the 20th Century, Brevard County – home of Cape Canaveral - reported 87 deaths due to asbestos exposure. Approximately sixty of these deaths were attributed to mesothelioma. Broward County, however, reported 300 asbestos deaths during the same time period but the ratio of asbestos cancer to asbestosis victims was roughly equal.

Asbestos Industries in Florida

Most asbestos sites in Florida are located in the state's southern region. A large percentage of these sites were power generation facilities. Additionally, Florida has a large number of shipbuilding and marine repair facilities as well as a number of U.S. Naval bases.

Other sources of asbestos exposure include chemical companies and public buildings.

Interestingly, the sugar processing industry is also a source of asbestos exposure. U.S. Sugar Inc. was a Florida company where workers suffered from asbestos exposure. This is not unique to Florida; an Italian study in 1995 noted elevated rates of mesothelioma among that country's sugar industry employees as well.

Asbestos Exposure in Major Florida Cities

Read more about large jobsites where asbetsos exposure occurred in the major cities of Florida. If you or a loved one worked at any of these sites in Florida, you may be at risk o develop mesothelioma. Click on any link to view a complete list of jobsites in that city.

Asbestos Exposure at Other Florida Jobsites

For those who were employed at any of the work sites listed below, exposure to asbestos may have occurred. Asbestos exposure can manifest itself many years later in the form of the dealy cancer malignant mesothelioma.

Belle Glade

  • Atlantic Sugar Association
  • Belle Glade Sugar Mill
  • Florida Sugar Corporation
  • Glades Sugar House
  • Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida
  • Talisman Sugar Corp
  • U.S. Sugar Company

Bonnie

  • Ammonia Inc.
  • Chemical Inc
  • IMC Corporation
  • International Minerals & Chemical Company
  • J.F. Pritchard & Company

Bradenton

  • Bradenton Steam Electric Station
  • Florida National Bank
  • Florida Power & Light Company
  • Manatee Light and Fraction Company
  • Manatee Memorial Hospital
  • Phoenix Utility Company
  • Tropicana Products, Inc
  • Zoller Lumber Company

Brewster

  • Amalgamated Phosphate Company
  • American Cyanamid Company

Brooksville

  • Central Power & Lime Inc
  • Chemical Lime Company
  • Florida Mining & Materials Corporation
  • Southern Bell Telephone Company

Cantonment

  • Champion International
  • Champion Paper
  • Chemstrand
  • Florida Pulp & Paper Company
  • Saint Regis Paper Company
  • St. Regis Paper Company

Cape Canaveral

  • Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
  • Cape Canaveral Power Plant
  • Complex 37
  • Florida Power & Light
  • Kennedy Space Center

Clewiston

  • Clewiston Power Plant
  • Clewiston, Ltd.
  • Everglades Sugar Refinery Inc.
  • Florida Cane Products Corp
  • Southern Sugar Company
  • Sugar Mill
  • United States Sugar Corp

Cocoa

  • Cape Kennedy Air Force Station
  • Cidco Park
  • Cocoa Power Plant
  • Orlando Utilities
  • Patrick Air Force Base
  • Rocket Insulation Company

Crystal River

  • Crystal River Nuclear Plant
  • Crystal River Units
  • Florida Power & Light Company

Deland

  • Deland Electric Light Power and Ice Company
  • Southern Bell Telephone Company
  • Turner Power Plant
  • Us Air Operational Training Station

Dunedin

  • B. C. Skinner Machinery
  • Citrus Concentrates Inc
  • Clinton Foods Inc
  • George L. Simonds
  • Juice Industries, Inc

East Tampa

  • U.S. Phosphoric Products Corporation

Enterprise

  • Florida Power Corporation
  • Turner Plant

Foley

  • Brooks-Scanlon Corporation
  • Buckeye Cellulose Corporation
  • Buckeye Florida
  • Proctor and Gamble Paper Company, Mill
  • Triangle Construction Company

Fort Meade

  • Armour Agricultural Chemical
  • Armour Mine
  • Us Steel
  • V C Chemical Company

Fort Myers

  • Fort Myers Power Plant

Gonzalez

  • Chemstrand Company
  • Combustion Engineering Inc
  • Daniel Construction Company
  • Gonzalez Corp
  • Monsanto Chemical Company
  • Monsanto Textiles Company
  • Nylon Development Center

Hialeah

  • FEC Hialeah TT
  • Holiday Inn
  • Miami Mills Inc.
  • Seaboard Airline Railroad Company
  • T & H Insulation, Inc.

Holiday

  • Anclote Power Plant

Hollywood

  • Diplomat Hotel
  • Hollywood Florida Water & Sewage
  • Hollywood Memorial Hospital
  • Memorial Hospital

Homestead

  • Everglades National Park
  • Homestead Air Force Base
  • Turkey Point Powerhouse
  • U S Air Force

Jay

  • Amerada Hess Corporation
  • Delta Engineering Corporation
  • Exxon Plant
  • Jay Oil

Leesburg

  • Asphalt Pavers, Inc
  • Grass Fibre Pulp and Paper Company
  • Leesburg Canning Company
  • Leesburg Ice Company
  • Minute Maid Corp
  • Vacuum Food Corp

Miami Beach

  • Castaways Hotel
  • Eden Roc Hotel
  • Florida Power & Light Company
  • Fontainbleau Hotel
  • Holiday Inn
  • Seville Hospital

Milton

  • By Rne Organization X Field
  • Escambia Bay Chemical Company
  • U.S. Naval Auxiliary Air Station
  • United States Navy Air Base
  • X Field

Nichols

  • Conserco Plant
  • Conserv, Inc
  • Mobil Chemical Company
  • Virginia Carolina Chemical Company
  • Virginia Carolina Dap Plant

Ocala

  • Ferguson Lumber
  • Fidelity Savings & Loan Company
  • Georgia Pacific Corp
  • Monroe Memorial Hospital
  • Ocala Manufacturing Company

Oldsmar

  • A.W. Higgins Power Station
  • Florida Power Corp
  • Higgins Power Plant

Pace

  • Air Products Company
  • American Cyanamid Company
  • Columbia National
  • Escambia Chemical Corporation
  • Santa Rosa Plant
  • South Central Bell Telephone Company

Palm Beach

  • Breakers Hotel
  • Florida East Coast Hotel Company
  • Hotel Alba
  • Palm Beach Power Plant
  • Seacoast Utilities

Perry

  • Buckeye Cellulose Corporation
  • Buckeye Paper
  • Burton Swartz Cypress Company
  • Lee Tidewater Cypress Company

Plant City

  • Cornett Mine
  • Coronet Phosphate Company
  • Cpi Siding
  • Davy PowerGas Incorporated
  • Lykes Brothers Plant
  • Plant City Public Services Company

Plymouth

  • Florida Foods Inc
  • Minute Maid Corp
  • Plymouth Citrus Growers Ass'N
  • Plymouth Citrus Products
  • Thomas Oconnor and Company
  • Vacuum Foods Corp

Pompano Beach

  • Broward County Animal County Div
  • Burdines Department Store
  • Pompano Fashon Square
  • Sea Haven Condominium Apartments
  • Worthington Pump

Red Level

  • Florida Power & Light Company

Riviera Beach

  • Bizarre International
  • Florida Power & Light Company
  • Port of Palm Beach
  • Riviera Beach Power Plant
  • Tropical Shipping and Construction

Saint Augustine

  • Barnett Bostwick and Osmond
  • Howard Johnson Motel
  • Lightner Museum
  • Ponce De Leon Hotel
  • St. Augustine Light and Power Company
  • St. John Light and Power Company

Saint Lucie

  • St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant

Sanford

  • Air Operational Training Station
  • Florida Power & Light Company
  • M.S. Wiggins
  • Naval Air Station
  • Old Crown Company Plant
  • Old Crown Warehouse
  • Patrick Fruit Company
  • Sanford Power Plant
  • United States Naval Air Station

Sarasota

  • Electronic Mechanical Research Building
  • Florida Power & Light Company
  • Morgan Junior High School
  • Payne Terminal
  • Sarasota Courthouse
  • Sarasota Powerhouse

Sneads

  • Sholz Power Plant

South Bay

  • Gulf & Western Foods Products
  • Okeelanta Growers and Processors Cooperative
  • Okeelanta Sugar Refinery
  • Okellanta Corporation

Tampa Bay

  • Gannon/Culbreath Power Plant

Titusville

  • Black and Watch
  • Imperial Towers
  • Indian River Plant
  • Pantry Pride

Vero Beach

  • Air Operational Training Station
  • City of Vero Beach/Vero Beach Station #2
  • Indiana River Hospital
  • Municipal Power Plant

White Springs

  • Occidental Chemical Corporation
  • PCS Phosphate

Yukon

  • United States Naval Air Station
  • United States Naval Hospital

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers in Florida

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma cancer centers that are located in Florida. Please click on a cancer center link to obtain more information about the clinical programs offered and how to contact the center.


1475 N.W. 12th Ave.
Miami, FL 33136


The Rod Taylor Thoracic Care Center
1400 S. Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL 32806


12902 Magnolia Drive
Tampa, FL 33612

Mesothelioma Doctors in Florida

The following doctors located in Florida have experience in treating mesothelioma. Please click on a doctor link to obtain more information about his/her background, areas of expertise, professional affiliations, and office locations.

Dr. Lary Robinson
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
12902 Magnolia Drive
Tampa, FL 33612

Asbestos Related News in Florida

Florida DEP Cites Maverick Company For Possible Asbestos Violations

Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) has cited Maverick Demolition Company for asbestos violations related to the John Sunday House.

10,000 Feet Of Collier Water Utility Asbestos Piping To Be Replaced

10,000 feet of piping containing asbestos will be replaced by 2017 as part of a $1.4 million Collier County Water project.

Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Florida

Don’t lose your rights! If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos in Florida, you may be entitled to compensation. You may have limited time to file a lawsuit. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and have a pathology report in hand to support that diagnosis, you are eligible for financial assistance.

Resources for Mesothelioma Patients and their Families

Asbestos Exposure Across the U.S.

Sources

American Management Resources Corporation. "Experience: Asbestos." American Management Resources Corporation.
http://dev.zadiggle.com/amrc2/expasbestos.aspx (accessed 23 August 2010).

Cruz-Alvarez, Frank. Amici Curiae Brief of the Associated Industries of Florida. No. 99-0583, Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal, 6 September 2007.

Maltoni, C., et al. "Mesotheliomas Following Exposure to Asbestos Used in Sugar Refineries: Report of 12 Italian Cases." La Medicina del Lavoro, vol. 86, no. 5. Sep-Oct 1995.

NASA Technical Reports Server. "Technical Reports." National Aeronautic and Space Administration.
http://ntrs.nasa.gov/search.jsp (accessed 23 August 2010).

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