Florida Governor Charlie Crist made it clear in his state of the state last night that he intended to use federal stimulus money to help recover from Florida's dire economic outlook.
Wednesday Governor Crist met with his newly appointed "Stimulus Czar" Don Winstead, and it appears that Florida will receive a bit more stimulus money than expected... taking the total to 13-point-5 billion dollars.
Local leaders say Governor Crist liked the Big Bend's regional approach to requesting stimulus dollars... and that the north Florida stimulus proposal was the only one to organize all its local governments into a team effort.
"We seem to be unique in that and that's good. Otherwise it becomes just a real fist fight between counties and cities and counties," says Leon County Commissioner Bob Rackleff.
"We're hoping that over the next several days, we'll get a sense from the new Czar appointed on the economic stimulus as to how local governments should best position themselves," says Tallahassee Commissioner Andrew Gillum.
Gillum says he and other officials are tracking every decision
about the stimulus money to make sure our local projects meet all federal requirements and formulas to compete for stimulus money.