Gov. Scott Announces First Pasco County Scallop Season in More Than 20 Years

On July 16, 2018, in News Releases, by Staff

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Scott announced that for the first time since 1994, state waters off Pasco County will be open to bay scallop harvest during a 10-day season from July 20-29. The region includes all state waters south of the Hernando–Pasco county line and north of the Anclote Key Lighthouse in northern Pinellas […]

Gov. Scott Announces More Than $1.6 Million in Funding for Rural Communities

On July 13, 2018, in News Releases, by Staff

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Scott announced that more than $1.6 million has been awarded to support projects in rural communities across the state. This grant funding was provided through the Rural Infrastructure Fund to help with the planning, preparation and financing of infrastructure projects in rural communities. These projects will result in job creation, […]

Gov. Scott Takes Executive Action to Protect Access to Beaches

On July 13, 2018, in News Releases, by Staff

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott today issued Executive Order 18-202, which urges Florida counties to protect public beach access and directs the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to support these efforts. The executive order specifically calls on counties to not limit access to beaches. In March, Governor Scott signed HB 631, sponsored by Senator Kathleen Passidomo (R-Naples) […]

Gov. Scott: DEO Activates Emergency Business Damage Assessment on Algal Blooms

On July 12, 2018, in News Releases, by Staff

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) has activated the FloridaDisaster.biz Business Damage Assessment survey to gather information on how algal blooms caused by federal Lake Okeechobee water releases have impacted local business operations. The launch is directly related to the Governor’s announcement earlier this week […]

Gov. Scott: White House Approves EAA Reservoir, Congress Must Act Now

On July 11, 2018, in News Releases, by Staff

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott announced late yesterday that the EAA reservoir project has been approved by the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and will be transmitted to Congress. On June 28, Governor Rick Scott met with OMB Director Mick Mulvaney to advocate for the approval of this project that will […]

Gov. Scott Appoints Three to Southwest Florida Water Management District Governing Board

On July 10, 2018, in News Releases, by Staff

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointments of Scott Wiggins, and the reappointments of Ed Armstrong and Jeffrey Adams to the Southwest Florida Water Management District Governing Board. Scott Wiggins, 54, of Tampa, is a civil engineer and former investment banker. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of […]

Gov. Scott: Eastpoint Set to Receive 24 Relief Trailers

On July 10, 2018, in News Releases, by Staff

EASTPOINT, Fla. – In a deal brokered by the State of Florida, 24 surplus travel trailers were purchased at bulk pricing from the federal General Services Administration (GSA) to aid victims of the Limerock Wildfire. These trailers were purchased at a rate of $8,500 each (a 37 percent negotiated discount) by Franklin County and subsequently managed […]

Gov. Scott Issues Emergency Order to Combat Algal Blooms in South Florida

On July 9, 2018, in News Releases, by Staff

CAPE CORAL, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott today issued an emergency order in Glades, Hendry, Lee, Martin, Okeechobee, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties to help combat algal blooms caused by Lake Okeechobee water discharges from the Army Corps of Engineers. This emergency declaration allows the Department of Environmental Protection and the South Florida Water […]

Gov. Scott: More Than $1.4 Million Invested to Protect Military Installations, Support Communities

On July 6, 2018, in News Releases, by Staff

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.– Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that $1,469,000 has been awarded through the Florida Defense Support Task Force Grant Program to six projects to protect military installations across the state. This year, awards were given to the South Florida Progress Foundation, Polk County, Clay County Development Authority, Bay County, the Central Florida Planning Region […]

Gov. Scott Awards Medal of Merit to Four Florida National Guard Soldiers Deployed in Kuwait

On July 3, 2018, in News Releases, by Staff

KUWAIT – During his visit to Camp Buehring, Governor Rick Scott awarded four Florida Army Reserve National Guard soldiers with the Governor’s Medal of Merit. Governor Scott said: “It’s an honor to be in Kuwait to award these brave Florida National Guard soldiers with the Medal of Merit in recognition of their service to our […]