Local man pushes for weekend hours for State Capitol's observation deck

By: Lanetra Bennett | WCTV Eyewitness News
August 14, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Tallahassee resident Scott Sutor says the Florida Capitol's 22nd floor, known as the Observation Deck, should be open on weekends.

Currently, the entire Capitol building is only open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sutor wrote a letter to Governor Rick Scott on August 7, hoping to get the hours changed. In it he says, "So that visiting family and friends will be able to see the beautiful view from the 22nd floor."

"A lot of people come here on the weekend, either for a sporting event, a convention, anything. If they want to go to the Capitol on the weekend, not today. Maybe in the future," he told WCTV.

Sutor says it would benefit tourism in the capital city, as well as make it more convenient and enjoyable for residents and visitors.

"People that are visiting our city on the weekend because they can't get up here during the work week. They want to see something about Tallahassee that's really interesting, and that's one of the most interesting places in the whole city, is to go up to the 22nd floor of the Capitol. The view is tremendous," said Sutor.

The Governor's Office says it did receive Sutor's letter. However, the Florida Department of Management Services makes the decisions on the Capitol's hours and usage.

A DMS spokesperson says they are willing to take a look at Sutor's request to see if it can be a viable plan.

The old historic Capitol building and museum across from the current Capitol is open on weekends. It is under a different division.

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