Gov. Scott to President Obama: Your Administration’s Inaction Has Emboldened the Maduro Government

On July 30, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Rick Scott sent a letter to President Obama urging the Administration to take seriously the crisis in Venezuela and to instruct the State Department to carry-out a diplomatic initiative that will seek the international condemnation of the Maduro government. To read the full letter, see below or click HERE. This April, Governor Scott […]

SALES TAX-FREE HOLIDAY HELPS FLORIDA FAMILIES SAVE MONEY

On July 29, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Governor Scott reminds families of the 2014 sales tax-free holiday beginning August 1. With the new school year approaching, parents and students can save money on their back to school shopping with the sales tax-free holiday from August 1 through August 3. Governor Scott said, “During this sales-tax holiday families will be able to save […]

Gov. Scott: Fee Reductions For Health Care Professionals

On July 25, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced fee reductions for the licensing of certain health care professionals.  Due to efficiencies found and the streamlining of processes, both the Florida Board of Medicine and Florida Board of Nursing identified excess fees and are passing this on as a cost savings to licensees. Governor Scott said, “The physicians and […]

Governor Rick Scott Announces Expansion of GE Energy Management in Clearwater

On July 24, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Capital investment of $50 million will create 250 jobs Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that GE’s Energy Management business will create a new 190,000 square feet manufacturing Center of Excellence (COE) in Clearwater. The COE will include the existing instrument transformer facility as well as new manufacturing operations for capacitors. The expansion encompasses a capital […]

Gov. Scott: Fee Reductions for Various Real Estate Licensees

On July 23, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) is introducing permanent fee cuts for Florida Real Estate Commission licensees this month. Effective July 1, 2014, these permanent fee reductions will save real estate licensees on average more than $2.7 million every year on initial and renewal licensure fees. Impacted real estate licensees will include […]

State Files Suit against Digital Domain to Recoup Defrauded Public Money

On July 22, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Today, General Counsel Peter Antonacci announced that the Department of Economic Opportunity has filed a lawsuit against Digital Domain Media Group and related parties seeking to recoup millions of dollars of economic incentives that were fraudulently gained through false assurances, material misrepresentation and an organized scheme to defraud the state of Florida. William R. Scherer […]

Governor Scott Announces Almost $16 Million Investment for Coast to Coast Connector Project

On July 21, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Governor Rick Scott today announced the 11 new projects that will be funded this year to help advance the Coast to Coast Connector, which will provide a safe and continuous multi-use trail from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic. The Department of Transportation will invest $15.9 million to complete 11 phases of separate trail […]

Statement from Gov. Scott in Support of Israel

On July 18, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Rick Scott issued the following statement supporting Israel in its ongoing conflict with Hamas: Governor Scott said, “I stand firmly with our ally Israel and unequivocally support
Israel’s right to defend herself from vicious terrorist attacks
launched by Hamas and other terrorist organizations. While the Middle
East is in turmoil, Israel remains an island of stability […]

Gov. Scott: Miami Metro Area added 29,600 jobs Over the Year

On July 18, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Governor Rick Scott announced today that the Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall metro area gained the second-highest number of jobs in June 2014 among all metro areas in Florida compared to a year ago with 29,600 new jobs. The area’s unemployment rate declined by 1.9 percentage points over the year, from 9.2 percent in June 2013 to 7.3 percent […]

Gov. Scott: Naples-Marco Island Metro Area Adds 5,500 New Jobs

On July 18, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the Naples-Marco Island Metropolitan Statistical Area experienced positive annual job growth with an increase of 5,500 jobs over the year according to the June 2014 report. The MSA’s unemployment rate declined by 1.7 percentage points over the year, from 7.5 percent in June 2013 to 5.8 percent in June 2014. […]

Gov. Scott: West Palm Beach Metro Area adds 16,100 Jobs over the Year

On July 18, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that according to the June 2014 report the West Palm Beach metro area gained 16,100 jobs over the year. The metro area’s unemployment rate declined by 1.8 percentage points over the year, from 7.9 percent in June 2013 to 6.1 percent in June 2014. Governor Scott said, “With an unemployment […]

Gov. Scott: Fort Lauderdale Metro Area Unemployment Rate Down to 5.3 Percent

On July 18, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach metro area gained 24,600 jobs over the year according to the June 2014 figures. The Ft. Lauderdale metro area’s unemployment rate declined by 1.1 percentage points over the year, from 6.4 percent in June 2013 to 5.3 percent in June 2014. Governor Scott said, […]

Gov. Scott: Jacksonville Metro Area Adds 19,200 Jobs Over the Year

On July 18, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the Jacksonville Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) gained 19,200 new jobs over the year in June. The Jacksonville MSA’s unemployment rate declined by 1.3 percentage points over the year, from 7.4 percent in June 2013 to 6.1 percent in June 2014. Governor Scott said, “The unemployment rate drop to 6.1 percent […]

Gov. Scott: Tampa Metro Area Gains 25,300 Jobs Over the Year

On July 18, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) added 25,300 new jobs in June 2014 compared to a year ago, the third-highest number of new jobs among all metro areas in Florida. The unemployment rate in the Tampa metro area declined by 1.4 percentage points over the year, from 7.7 percent […]

Gov. Scott: Orlando Metro Area Created 39,100 New Jobs Over the Year

On July 18, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford Metropolitan Statistical Area’s (MSA) gained 39,100 new jobs, the highest number of jobs in June 2014 among all metro areas in Florida compared to a year ago. The Orlando MSA’s unemployment rate declined by 1.5 percentage points over the year, from 7.3 percent in June 2013 to […]

Gov. Scott: Pensacola Metro Area added 1,500 Jobs in June 2014

On July 18, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent Metropolitan Statistical Area’s (MSA) experienced positive annual job growth over the year according to June 2014 statistics with 1,500 new jobs. The metro area’s unemployment rate declined by 1.3 percentage points over the year, from 7.5 percent in June 2013 to 6.2 percent in June 2014. Governor […]

Gov. Scott: Florida Businesses Creates 36,900 Jobs in June

On July 18, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Governor Rick Scott today announced that Florida created 36,900 private-sector jobs in June 2014. This is the single highest month of private-sector job creation since Governor Scott took office. The statewide unemployment rate for June 2014 is 6.2 percent, down 0.1 percentage points from the May 2014 rate and 1.2 percentage points from the June […]

Governor Scott Ceremonially Signs Senate Bill 102 the Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act

On July 16, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Rick Scott ceremonially signed Senate Bill 102 alongside bill sponsors Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla and Representative Bryan Nelson. This bill creates the Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act relating to leaving the scene of an accident. This bill includes increasing the punishment for leaving the scene of a crash resulting in serious […]

Gov. Scott Reminds Floridians to Get A Plan

On July 15, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Governor Rick Scott was joined today by state and local emergency management officials to remind Floridians that hurricane season has already started and now is the time to get a plan if they don’t have one already. Hurricane season extends from June 1 through November 30 and covers the time frame when hurricanes are most […]

SECOND ANNUAL PAYCHECKS FOR PATRIOTS HIRING EVENTS TO TAKE PLACE STATEWIDE

On July 15, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Tomorrow, Governor Rick Scott, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), and the Florida National Guard will partner with Dollar General and nearly 500 participating employers throughout the state to connect Florida’s veterans and their families with immediate career opportunities through 17 Paychecks […]

Governor Scott Announces Elimination of Critical Needs Waitlist for Persons with Disabilities

On July 14, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced all individuals with critical needs who have been on the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) waiting list as of July 1 will be offered enrollment in the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Medicaid waiver. Approximately 1,200 individuals will receive enrollment letters from APD in the next two weeks. Governor […]

GOVERNOR SCOTT ANNOUNCES ADVANCED IT CONCEPTS CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS EXPANSION IN WINTER SPRINGS

On July 14, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that Advanced IT Concepts, Inc. (AITC) will expand its corporate headquarters in Seminole County. AITC provides systems integration, professional services and value-added resale of Information Technology (IT) solutions to both the government and private sectors. The expansion in Winter Springs will bring 50 new jobs and a capital investment of […]

GOV. SCOTT PRESENTS SHINE AWARDS TO 37 TEACHERS OF THE YEAR

On July 11, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Rick Scott recognized 37 outstanding educators for their contributions to learning with the Governor’s Shine Awards. The Shine Award is presented to Florida educators who have impacted the lives of students through the classroom. The teachers recognized today were all named District Teachers of the Year for their respective counties. Governor Scott said, […]

State Retains Outside Counsel to Sue Over Failed Digital Domain Deal

On July 9, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Scott’s General Counsel Peter Antonacci announced that outside legal counsel has been retained by the Department of Economic Opportunity to file suit against Digital Domain and related parties. General Counsel Peter Antonacci said, “The IG investigation into the 2009 Digital Domain deal revealed that the usual state regulatory processes were circumvented to give […]

Gov. Scott to VA Secretary Nominee: Allow Florida Inspectors into Your Facilities

On July 7, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

July 7, 2014 Bob McDonald [US Department of Veterans Affairs 810 Vermont Ave NW Washington, DC 20420] Dear Mr. McDonald, You will soon enter the position of U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs with many challenges and high expectations. No doubt, you can agree that current conditions at Florida VA hospitals are unacceptable. Our veterans who […]

Gov. Scott Honors 193 Veterans with Governor’s Veterans Service Award

On July 3, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Governor Rick Scott today, joined by Colonel John Haas, Florida Army National Guard Deputy Chief of Staff Operations, Alene Tarter, Florida Department of Veterans Affairs Director of Benefits & Assistance, and Ruth Bentley, Home Administrator of the Panama City Sims State Veterans Nursing Home, awarded 193 Florida veterans with the Governor’s Veterans Service Award for […]

Gov. Scott Honors 227 Veterans with Governor’s Veterans Service Award

On July 3, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Governor Rick Scott today, joined by 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team Commander Colonel Mike Canzoneri and Florida Department of Veterans Affairs Director of Legislative Affairs Bobby Carbonell awarded 227 Florida veterans with the Governor’s Veterans Service Award for their service to Florida and the nation. Governor Scott said, “It was an honor to be with […]

Gov. Scott Honors 179 Veterans with Governor’s Veterans Service Award

On July 2, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Governor Rick Scott today, joined by Florida National Guard Major General Emmett Titshaw, Florida Department of Veterans Affairs Executive Director Mike Prendergast, and Gray Kilpatrick, Home Administrator of the Daytona Beach State Veterans Nursing Home awarded 179 Florida veterans with the Governor’s Veterans Service Award for their service to Florida and the nation. Governor Scott […]

Gov. Scott and Lt. Gov. Lopez-Cantera Call on FDA to Amend Burdensome Regulations Targeting Florida Businesses

On July 2, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Rick Scott and Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera sent a letter to Commissioner Margaret Hamburg requesting the U.S. Food and Drug Administration amend proposed FDA regulations that target Florida cigar companies, such as the J.C. Newman Cigar Company, the only remaining cigar company in Tampa, Florida. To read the full letter, see below or […]

Gov. Scott and First Lady Ann Scott Honor 410 Veterans with Governor’s Veterans Service Award

On July 2, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott today, joined by Florida National Guard  Major General Emmett Titshaw, Florida Department of Veterans Affairs Communications Director Steve Murray, and Diane King, Home Administrator of the St. Augustine State Veterans Nursing Home awarded 410 Florida veterans with the Governor’s Veterans Service Award for their service to Florida […]

Gov. Scott and First Lady Ann Scott Honor 187 Veterans with Governor’s Veterans Service Award

On July 1, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott today, joined by Florida National Guard Leader Major General Emmett Titshaw, Florida Department of Veterans Affairs Inspector General Tim Ferguson, and Larry Militello, Florida Department of Veterans Affairs Home Administrator for the Pembroke Pines State Veterans Nursing Home awarded 187 Florida veterans with the Governor’s Veterans Service […]

TROPICAL STORM ARTHUR FORMS OFF OF FLORIDA’S ATLANTIC COAST

On July 1, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Tropical Storm Arthur, the first named storm of the 2014 Hurricane Season, has formed just off of Florida’s Atlantic Coast. The storm is anticipated to track northward toward the Carolinas as it strengthens, and forecasts say it will have minimal impacts for Florida. Governor Rick Scott said, “We’re monitoring Arthur’s development and are staying in […]

Gov. Scott and First Lady Ann Scott Honor 170 Veterans with Governor’s Veterans Service Award

On July 1, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott today, joined by Florida National Guard Leader Brigadier General Michael Calhoun, Florida Department of Veterans Affairs Executive Director Mike Prendergast, and Florida Veterans Foundation Southern Regional Commander Tony Colmenares awarded 170 Florida veterans with the Governor’s Veterans Service Award for their service to Florida and the nation. […]

STATEMENT FROM GOV. SCOTT ON MURDER OF KIDNAPPED ISRAELI TEENAGERS

On July 1, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Governor Rick Scott released the following statement on yesterday’s discovery of the bodies of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers: “On behalf of all Floridians, Ann and I send our thoughts and prayers to the families of Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach. As parents and grandparents, we can’t imagine the anguish these families must be […]

Governor Rick Scott Appoints Three to Broward County Housing Authority

On July 29, 2014, in Recent Appointments, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced two appointments and one reappointment to the Broward County Housing Authority. Michael Long, 52, of Lighthouse Point, is the Chief Development Officer of the Broward Partnership for the Homeless. He fills a vacant seat and is appointed for a term beginning July 29, 2014, and ending February 17, 2017. Mark […]

Governor Rick Scott Appoints Three to Lee County Housing Authority

On July 29, 2014, in Recent Appointments, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced one appointment and two reappointments to the Lee County Housing Authority. Christine Rodriguez, 36, of Lehigh Acres, is the executive director of the Tri-County Apprenticeship Academy. She succeeds Cynthia Shafer and is appointed for a term beginning July 29, 2014, and ending May 12, 2016. James Green, 72, of Alva, […]

Governor Rick Scott Appoints Brian Donovan to Board of Landscape Architecture

On July 25, 2014, in Recent Appointments, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Brian Donovan to the Board of Landscape Architecture. Donovan, 46, of Crystal River, is a teacher with the Citrus County School Board. He fills a vacant seat and is appointed for a term beginning July 25, 2014, and ending October 31, 2017. The appointment is subject to […]

Governor Rick Scott Reappoints Two to Madison County Health and Hospital Board

On July 25, 2014, in Recent Appointments, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the reappointments of Rosa Richardson and James Sale III to the Madison County Health and Hospital Board. Richardson, 64, of Madison, is the executive director of the Senior Citizens Council of Madison County Inc. She is reappointed for a term beginning July 25, 2014, and ending June 30, 2018. Sale, […]