Asbestos Exposure in Florida

Florida is second only to California in the number of deaths from asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma.  Ironically, there is no naturally-occurring asbestos to be found in the state of Florida.  Instead, vermiculite, a mineral rich in asbestos, was shipped to Florida.  Many of these shipments can be traced to a Libby, Montana, mine now owned by W.R. Grace.  A staggering 100,000 tons of vermiculite were shipped to Tampa alone, where a vermiculite processing plant was operational until 1991. 

The vermiculite processing plant in Tampa, however, is not the only source of asbestos exposure in Florida.  Other Florida cities that received asbestos shipments from W.R. Grace include St. Petersburg, Pompano Beach, Boca Raton, and Jacksonville.  Many chemical and power plants in the state were insulated with asbestos because of its superior ability to absorb heat.  There are also a number of Navy shipyards in Florida where workers, including veterans, were regularly exposed to asbestos.  Furthermore, NASA used asbestos in a number of applications at its testing and rocket launching facilities on the Space Coast. 

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, our Florida mesothelioma lawyers may be able to help you and your family pursue compensation.  For a free asbestos mesothelioma claim evaluation, contact our Florida mesothelioma law firm.  We offer:

  • Free consultation with an experienced  Florida mesothelioma lawyer
  • No attorney fees unless you recover money
  • Hospital and home visits with an attorney anywhere in Florida
  • Convenient office locations throughout Florida
  • A long-standing record of favorable verdicts and settlements in Florida

Florida Asbestos Jobsites

Here is a list of some of the many jobsites in Florida where workers may have faced regular and prolonged exposure to asbestos:


Tampa Bay Shipbuilding

Offshore Shipbuilding Co.

The Hendry Corporation

Atlantic Dry Dock

Pensacola Naval Air Station

Mayport Navy Station

Gulf Marine Repair Corporation



Power Plants

Turkey Point Nuclear Plant

Ancolite Power Plant

Smith Power Plant

Crystal River Power Plant

Saint Lucie Nuclear Power Plant

Ft. Myers Power Plant

Hookers Point Power Plant

Gannon Power Plant

Contact a Florida Mesothelioma Lawyer

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with mesothelioma after living or working in a contaminated site in Florida, you need to know that you have the right file suit against the parties responsible for the asbestos exposure that caused the disease.  Our Florida mesothelioma lawyers have spent years defending the rights of victims of this devastating cancer.  We understand the physical, emotional, and financial hardship that comes with a mesothelioma diagnosis, and we are committed to pursuing justice for Florida mesothelioma victims and their families.  If you would like to learn more about your rights or eligibility to file an asbestos mesothelioma lawsuit in Florida, contact an attorney from our firm today.  We will listen to your story with compassion and respect and educate you on the options available to you and your family.