[UPDATE] Tallahassee Expected to Reap Inaugural Bonanza

By: The News Service of Florida; AP
By: The News Service of Florida; AP

[UPDATE] 12-23 9:26AM --

The Florida Chamber of Commerce and Gov.-elect Rick Scott’s inaugural team are estimating that Scott’s inaugural events will have a $4.5 million impact on the state’s economy. “As Florida transitions to a new year and toward a new economy, the private sector will be leading the way,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, in a statement. “There’s no better way to jump start Florida’s economy than by holding Inaugural Day festivities that pump more than $4.5 million into Florida’s economy – and will do so without spending taxpayer dollars.” The chamber and inaugural committee said thousands are expected to arrive in Tallahassee for the inaugural events on Jan. 3 and Jan. 4, meaning they will stay in local hotels and eat in local restaurants. The inaugural committee has organized a dozen events around Tallahassee to honor the incoming governor and lieutenant governor, funded mostly through private donation. “The Inauguration comes at a particularly good time of year for us that is typically slow,” said Andrew Reiss, owner of the downtown Tallahassee staple Andrew’s and caterer for one of the inaugural events. “These events will provide us a great boost in both our restaurant and catering business and we are proud to be a part of this celebration with Floridians from across the state.”


Tallahassee, FL (AP) - Governor-elect Rick Scott has an economic stimulus plan for Florida's capital city -- his inauguration.

The Scott Inaugural Committee and Florida Chamber of Commerce on
Wednesday predicted the Jan. 4 event will generate $4.5 million in
economic activity for the state.

The biggest share -- up to $3 million -- will be spent in
Tallahassee by thousands of inaugural visitors for such expenses as
hotel rooms and restaurant meals.

Florida State University hospitality professor Mark Bonn said
that's about as much as Tallahassee rakes in for a Seminole
football game against another Atlantic Coast Conference team.

None of it will be taxpayer money, though, as private funds are
being raised to pay for the inaugural.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Observer Location: South FLorida on Dec 23, 2010 at 03:27 PM
    I don't understand why someone would find fault with a privately funded inauguration expected to be a boon to the economy in Tallahassee. Sounds like sour grapes to me.
  • by just saying on Dec 23, 2010 at 05:32 AM
    I thought this was a "GET TO WORK" govenor. No he is a big partier and spender. Governor - elect Scott go to your office and do your oath and get to work. I last looked Jan 4th was a work day. Oh but it's ok for the govenor to partie on his work day (state time). I don't recall getting a big to do when I was hired. I got here is your office, here is your work and duties get to work. Private money bing raised? ye right! These are funds being paid back to the state that he stole from taxpayers. He is not a govenor he is crook and as far as "GET TO WORK" that just means your FIRED! Have a nice day. Create 700,000 jobs, but let's lay off 100,000 first, then bring in out of towners to do the job. Floridians wake up! You have been had. "He's a Con"
  • by what a waste on Dec 23, 2010 at 05:10 AM
    Just more waste of money, time and effort. Just move in and get to work.
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