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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