Florida's Inaugural Events Underway

By: Whitney Ray Email
By: Whitney Ray Email

Tallahassee, FL - With his wife on his arm and a smile on his face Governor-elect Rick Scott made his way to a leadership breakfast to honor women.

“I’m excited. It’s going to be a great day,” said Scott.

Inside, celebrity talk show host Greta Van Susteren told the newly elected Republicans they need to work with Democrats to get the state back on the right track.

“You’ve got to find a way to work with that person,” said Susteren.

Florida’s first black female Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll, and the state’s first female attorney General were honored. State Senator Nancy Detert is excited to work with the new female leaders.

“I’m very excited about having Jennifer Carroll as our Lt. Governor. That’s why I got up in the freezing cold to come celebrate with her,” said Detert.

The breakfast was just the first of 12 events celebrating the new administration. Florida’s next first lady was honored at noon. Then a two hour event celebrated Florida soldiers.

Seven of the events require tickets. Five are open to the public, including Tuesday’s swearing in ceremony on the steps of the historic capitol. Scott will officially become Florida’s 45th governor at Midnight Tuesday. Former Governor Bob Martinez says once the celebration ends the real work begins.

“Obviously we all know the economy has been difficult and Florida in particularly has been difficult so they’ve go their hands full,” said Martinez.

Seventy-five Tallahassee police officers, along with FHP, and FDLE officers will be watching traffic and the events. More than 3-thousand people are expected to attend.

The Inauguration team raised 2.8 million dollars. Money not spent will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project, a charity providing mental and physical assistance to injured troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

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