Governor's Ball: A Black Tie Affair

By: Whitney Ray Email
By: Whitney Ray Email

Republican Rick Scott is now Florida's 45th governor, and he's getting right to work on his first full day as governor with private meetings with his staff.

Yesterday's inauguration celebration was capped off with a black-tie affair for contributors and anyone who was willing to pay 95 dollars for a ticket.

Tuxedos and gowns filled the Leon County Convention Center as guest, political contributors, and elected officials waited eagerly in to see their new governor.

Once Scott arrived he took his wife by the hand, led her to the center of the floor.
The orchestra played have "I Told You Lately That I Love You," as the couple glided across the ballroom floor. Tina Wang was impressed. She drove four hours to attend the ball.

"Today has been a wonderful day, I mean unbelievable, I mean non-stop there was so much going on," Wang said.

It's been eight years since a governor's inaugural ball was held in Florida. The previous governor cancelled the event citing the bad economy, but this year thousands of guests were eager to pay the 95 dollars a ticket.

"It was a very, very well planned, very well executed event we like Rick Scott very much," Army Lt. Colonel Jim Bischoff.

Governor Scott knows once music stops and the dancing ends, the real work begins.

Senate President Mike Haridopolos says the ball is part of a celebration of democracy, but now it's time for all elected officials to roll up their sleeves.

" What's exciting about this is it is a new day in Tallahassee. We have a new Governor who shares my philosophy of creating jobs," Haridopolos said.

Guests are expected to dance well into Wednesday morning. Scott will likely steal away early, his schedule shows an 8:30 AM meeting.

Scott's Inauguration team raised 2.8 million dollars to pay for the ball and the 11 other events, but they haven't spent it all. The left over money will be donated to a charity dedicated to helping injured troops.

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