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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  • by Help Location: Jacksonville on Feb 24, 2011 at 02:05 PM
    Does anybody know the name of the dance band or how to get in touch with them?? Thanks
  • by Anonymous on Jan 5, 2011 at 06:19 PM
    Cry-babies. All you complain about is how someone else is having a good time and clogging the roads while you have to work. If I was Scott, I'd tell you to GET TO WORK.
  • by Come on on Jan 5, 2011 at 04:11 PM
    CJ, the law states that, for every 4 hours a person works, he/she must get a 15 minute break. Don't you think that it is possible that people take their afternoon breaks at 3:00? Or are you one of those people who believe employers should be exempt from labor laws? Also, unknown and disgruntled might be self-employed or work in the private sector. If so, what business is it of yours or mine what they do with their time? Another thought I have is that your most favorite exercise might be jumping to conclusions. If so, try going to a gym. It would work better.
  • by CJ Location: Tally on Jan 5, 2011 at 02:31 PM
    Unknown and disgruntled. How is it you have time to post your complaints in the middle of the afternoon if you were "putting in a full day's work". How much work do you really do if you have time to surf the net? You are the un-necessary people Gov. Scott is going to cut from the taxpayer's payroll and not a minute too soon.
  • by Maureen Location: Tally on Jan 5, 2011 at 01:23 PM
    Thanks for donating money to the Wounded Warrior Foundation...I think that is wonderful!
  • by unknown Location: Tallahassee on Jan 5, 2011 at 12:31 PM
    I agree with you disgruntled. All of the major roads were a mess Tuesday and Wednesday. We had to work all day yesterday unlike other people. How much work did they do yesterday? NONE.
  • by To digruntled on Jan 5, 2011 at 12:20 PM
    Watch the news and prepare for a different route home
  • by disgruntled Location: Tallahassee, FL on Jan 5, 2011 at 12:09 PM
    I see nobody bothered to mention how this "wonderful event" clogged up or roadways with extra cars and buses and increased the hassle for working individuals around the capital trying to get home after actually putting in a full days work.
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