The Acreage Cancer Cluster

Modified on 2009/12/16 16:56 by LaurenKay
The Acreage is a community in Palm Beach County, Florida, just north of Loxahatchee Groves and Royal Palm Beach. It has a population of about 50,000, with a significant number of its residents coming from foreign locations such as Cuba, Jamaica, or Vietnam.

Royal Palm Beach Colony, Inc., a company owned by a man named Samuel Friedland, developed the Acreage, and the area where Friedland’s employees lived during the development was also known as Royal Palm Beach Colony.

The community is fairly rural, and was created as a haven for people who wanted a quiet country life that wasn’t too far from the big city. Given the considerable equestrian and environmentalist presence in the community, most of the roads are unpaved and most of the area has remained undeveloped.

The Acreage has recently been experiencing a cancer cluster (elevated rates of cancer cases within a given community). Many in the community suspect that pesticides used on local orange groves could be the cause of the cancer cluster, although an official investigation being conducted by the Department of Health remains inconclusive.

While no one yet knows what is causing this particular cancer cluster, the community has begun seeking out legal counsel in case there is a malpractice cause for the rise in cancer diagnoses. The New York City law firm Weitz & Luxenberg, along with the famous environmental lawyer Erin Brockovich, have teamed up with the local law firm Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, PA in order to investigate radiation levels in the area, and see what sort of legal help they can offer to the community.

A website has been created by the citizens of the greater Palm Beach area, in order to disseminate information about the Department of Health study, as well as any updates from the lawyers involved.
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