Inaugural Plans Taking Shape

By: Mike Vasilinda Email
By: Mike Vasilinda Email

Tallahassee, FL - Inaugurations are a time of new beginnings and laying out grand agenda’s. In January 1955, Leroy Collins said there is “So Much to be Done!”

It is against that same backdrop, the historic Capitol…that Rick Scott will take the oath of office on January 4th as Florida’s 45 Governor. The grand agenda this time is jobs.

Behind the scenes…dozens of people have been working for a month and a half to make it all happen. Scattered around this office are drawings of non stop events packed into two days. Inaugural Committee Executive Director Spencer Geissinger has experience organizing events for Presidents. He says the Inaugural isn’t much different. More than 1600 tickets to the inaugural ball…at 95 bucks a pop have been mailed out. The proceeds will go to the Wounded Warrior Project to benefit injured service men and women. Geissinger says Scott didn’t give the charity a second thought. “It happened immediately…(snap of finger) because he is a veteran, and the Lt. Governor-elect is a veteran. It was a no brainer for him”.

Drawings show a flag draped Capitol for the event. Construction on the platform begins next week. Estimates suggest the celebration will pump four and a half million dollars into the economy.

But Florida Chamber President Mark Wilson says business community, which is funding the entire celebration, is counting on much much more. “What we are talking about here is the private sector, the business community, launching this jobs plan by helping fund the entire inauguration activities”, says Wilson.

One of the new governor’s first appointments is likely to be a Chief economic development officer. He will consolidate several offices under one roof with hopes of fulfilling his primary campaign promise which was in every TV commercial: “Lets Get to Work”.

In addition to the Inaugural ball, there will be free events around the state leading up January fourth. Inaugural day begins with a prayer breakfast and ends with a formal ball. You can see a list of all of the planned events at:

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  • by Anonymous on Dec 24, 2010 at 08:45 PM
    Who cares if I was invited. He creeps me out. And besides like the other poster asked, who's paying. Of course we are. He doesn't impress me at all. This is a time when things should be being done considering people have no jobs. Obama Jr is what I call him. Obama's wife had to go a few days early to Hawaii - which is beyond belief - at a cost of many hundred's of thousands of our! dollars. She could have gone when Obama went? They don't care how they spend our money once they get it. And when they do that, my respect flys out the window.
  • by Steve on Dec 24, 2010 at 08:11 AM
    Anonymous, If you're broke, you won't be invited.
  • by Concerned Location: Tallahassee on Dec 24, 2010 at 05:09 AM
    Who will pay for the Inauguration? The middle class taxpayer?
  • by Anonymous on Dec 24, 2010 at 01:39 AM
    I'd be kinda funny if they had a "ball and nobody came"....cuz we are broke. This is pie in the sky thinking they are doing. Again, we have so-called "money guys" doing thinking, which is what got us into this mess (Gosh Thanks Wharton School of Business) - when good old common sense would do better.
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