Governor Scott Appoints Judge Russell Healey and Marianne Lloyd Aho to the Fourth Judicial Circuit Court Bench

On April 24, 2014, in Recent Appointments, by Staff

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of County Judge Russell L. Healey and Marianne Lloyd Aho to the Fourth Judicial Circuit Court. Healey, 58, of Jacksonville, has been a Duval County Judge since 2002. Prior to taking the bench, Healey had practiced criminal law and family law in Jacksonville since 1984. Healey began his […]

Governor Scott Appoints Tanya Davis Wilson to the Orange County Court

On April 24, 2014, in Recent Appointments, by Staff

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Tanya Davis Wilson to the Orange County Court. Wilson, 45, of Ocoee, has been an Assistant U.S. Attorney since 2004, and from 2001-2003, she served as an Assistant Federal Public Defender. Wilson began her legal career as an Assistant Public Defender in the Ninth Judicial Circuit in […]

Governor Scott Appoints Gerald Paul Hill, II to the Polk County Court

On April 24, 2014, in Recent Appointments, by Staff

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Gerald Paul Hill, II to the Polk County Court. Hill, 39, of Lakeland, has practiced with Frost, Van den Boom & Smith, P.A. since 2011. Hill began his legal career in private practice in Gainesville in 2003, and has maintained a general civil practice at firms in […]

Governor Scott Welcomes International Indian Film Academy Representatives and Guests to Tampa Bay

On April 24, 2014, in News Releases, by Staff

During the International Indian Film Academy opening press conference this afternoon, Governor Rick Scott welcomed the Indian Film Fraternity and the IIFA contingent to Florida.  Each year, the International Indian Film Academy celebrates Indian cinema in a picturesque international destination, thus showcasing the rich culture and heritage of the host country.  This is the first […]

Gov. Scott to Chairman Miller: Hold Field Hearings On VA Issues in Florida

On April 24, 2014, in News Releases, by Staff

Today, Governor Rick Scott sent a letter to Chairman Jeff Miller requesting that the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Veterans’ Affairs hold field hearings in Florida regarding the issues plaguing the federal VA facilities. Below and attached is the full letter. =====================================================================   April 24, 2014 The Honorable Jeff Miller United States House of […]

Gov. Scott: Corps Civil Works Review Board Must Immediately Reconvene and Approve CEPP

On April 23, 2014, in News Releases, by Staff

Today, Governor Scott called on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Review Board to immediately reconvene and adopt the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP), following their refusal to approve the plan at yesterday’s meeting in Washington, D.C. Prior to the vote, the Governor sent the U.S. Army Corps a letter urging the Board […]

Governor Scott: Florida at a 43-Year Crime Low

On April 23, 2014, in News Releases, by Staff

Governor Rick Scott was joined by Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey, Florida sheriffs and police chiefs to announce Florida’s crime rate dropped 4.7 percent compared to 2012, putting Florida at a 43-year crime low. The findings were based on the Uniform Crime Report. Governor Scott said, “Today we have more good news […]

Governor Rick Scott and Volunteer Florida Present Champion of Service Award to Victoria Bell

On April 22, 2014, in News Releases, by Staff

During today’s meeting of the Florida Cabinet, Governor Rick Scott and Volunteer Florida CEO Chester Spellman presented the Volunteer Florida Champion of Service Award to Victoria Bell, a Ronald McDonald House Northwest Florida volunteer. Governor Scott said, “It is an honor to present the Champion of Service Award to Victoria today for tirelessly and selflessly […]

Governor Rick Scott Presents Miami Beach Police Department Officer Earl Hackworth with the Medal of Heroism

On April 22, 2014, in News Releases, by Staff

Today, during a meeting of the Florida Cabinet, Governor Rick Scott recognized Officer Earl Hackworth of the Miami Beach Police Department with the Medal of Heroism for his heroic actions and service to families in South Florida. On September 1, 2013, Officer Earl Hackworth was driving to work southbound on I-95, when he witnessed a […]

Governor Rick Scott Presents Shine Awards to Three District Teachers of the Year

On April 22, 2014, in News Releases, by Staff

Today, during a meeting of the Florida Cabinet, Governor Rick Scott recognized three 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 who were recognized during the Florida Cabinet meeting were recently […]

Gov. Scott: Drug Testing Case Continues in U.S. District Court

On April 21, 2014, in News Releases, by Staff

Today, Governor Rick Scott issued a statement following the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to hear a case related to drug screenings for state employees. Governor Scott said, “State employees should have the right to work in a safe and drug free environment, just like in any other business.  The merits of this case are still […]

Governor Scott Talks With Students and Parents About Keeping College Affordable

On April 21, 2014, in News Releases, by Staff

Today, Governor Rick Scott met with families from the Jacksonville area and Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti at the Duval County Public School District Office to discuss tuition and college affordability. Governor Scott said, “Florida parents and students cannot afford to see tuition at Florida schools continue to climb.  It’s too high. We […]

GOVERNOR SCOTT ANNOUNCES $2.1 MILLION GRANT FOR APALACHICOLA BAY ASSISTANCE

On April 21, 2014, in News Releases, by Staff

~Grant will fund training and other reemployment services to oystermen~ Governor Rick Scott announced the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) received a $2.1 million supplemental National Emergency Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (US DOL) to provide training and other re-employment services to approximately 94 oystermen to prepare for careers in other industries. […]

GOVERNOR SCOTT: DAVITA LABS EXPANDS TO CREATE 100 JOBS

On April 21, 2014, in News Releases, by Staff

Project will create 100 jobs and a capital investment of nearly $32 million in Volusia County Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that DaVita Labs, the diagnostic laboratory servicing both dialysis organizations and physician practices, is expanding its laboratory operations in DeLand to accommodate future employee growth. DaVita is a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. […]

Gov. Scott: Orlando Metro Area gained 33,300 new jobs over the year in March 2014

On April 18, 2014, in News Releases, by Staff

Highest number of jobs among all Metro areas in March Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford Metropolitan Statistical Area’s (MSA) gained 33,300 new jobs, the highest number of jobs in March 2014 among all metro areas in Florida compared to a year ago. The Orlando MSA’s unemployment rate declined by 1.2 percentage points […]

Gov. Scott Applauds Judiciary Committee on Supporting Bill to Keep College Affordable

On April 1, 2014, in News Releases, by Staff

Today, Governor Rick Scott thanked members of the Senate Judiciary Committee for their passage of SB 1400, which keeps college affordable for Florida’s students. Governor Scott said, “Tuition is too high; and our students are graduating with too much debt.  It is important to address the issue of college affordability to ensure higher education is […]

Governor Rick Scott Reappoints Kathryn McInnis to the Florida Gateway College District Board of Trustees

On March 27, 2014, in Recent Appointments, by Staff

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the reappointment of Kathryn McInnis to Florida Gateway College District Board of Trustees. McInnis, 67, of Old Town, is a retired occupational specialist with the Dixie County School Board. She currently serves as president of the Dixie Education Foundation and the Future Farmers of America Alumni. McInnis previously served as […]