Tallahassee prepares for inauguration of Governor-elect Ron DeSantis

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By: Mariel Carbone | WCTV Eyewitness News
January 4, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- With days to go until the inauguration of Governor-elect Ron DeSantis, set up is underway at the Capitol.

A stage has been built outside of the Historic Capitol. Plus, a temporary floor has been laid out over the lawn and metal gates
stand ready to go.

According to the Leon County Tourism Department, 2,000 people from out of town are expected to attend the inauguration.

"This is a very exciting time for the destination. It's going to bring a lot
of visibility to our community," said Kerri Post, Director of the Leon County Tourism Department. "They're going to be staying in hotels,
eating at restaurants. Really enjoying the capital city. It's going to be alive with excitement downtown."

Post said the influx of people is expected to have a nearly $3 million economic impact on Leon County. That's about equal to the impact
of a home Florida State football game. She also said the Visitor's Center has already begun to receive calls and is ready to welcome out of towners.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is coordinating security for the inaugural events. The agency couldn't comment on the exact number of officers or agencies that are assisting, but said security will be tight. The Tallahassee Police Department said it will be helping with traffic control.

"We just want everyone to be safe. We know a lot of extra people will be in town," said Officer Damon Miller.

Miller said to expect delays and congestion in the downtown area, as many roads will be closed Monday and Tuesday.

"Apalachee Parkway, Monroe Street area. Also, certain side streets won't be accessible. So just pay attention to the alerts we have going out," he said.

The following road closures will be in effect for Inauguration Day, as well as various inaugural events:

January 4
2 p.m. – 10 p.m.
One lane of Southbound Monroe closed from Jefferson to Madison Street.

January 7
12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Traffic will be restricted to residents only in the Los Robles Neighborhood.
Fernando Drive, Cortez Street, Isabell Court and Desoto Street.

January 8
6:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Wahnish Way will be closed from Bob Hayes Way to Osceola Street
Okaloosa Street will be closed from Perry to Wahnish Way

6:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. (one lane of North Monroe Southbound will be closed)

8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Monroe Street will be closed from Gaines Street to College Avenue
Apalachee Parkway will be closed from Franklin Blvd. to Monroe Street
Jefferson Street will be closed from Adams Street to Monroe Street
One lane of Madison Street will be closed from Bronough to Monroe Street
One lane of Duval Street will be closed from Madison Street to College Avenue

4 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Madison Street will be closed from Railroad to MLK Jr. Blvd
MLK Jr. Blvd will be closed from Gaines Street to Jefferson Street.

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