“It requires magical thinking to expect government to create prosperity!”
For Rick Scott, they're words to govern by.
From killing high-speed rail to putting the state airplanes on the auction block, he's built an image of a fiscal conservative, but take a look at this... all along the state line, Scott's name is going up in big, bold letters. No governor in recent memory's put his stamp on Florida's welcome signs like this, but for a detail-minded man like Scott, it makes perfect sense.
“I think they look nice, ah, but, ah, you know, look, my job is to promote the state, and that's what I'm doing every day,” Scott said. “I'm traveling the country, I'm promoting the state, and it's part of promoting the state.”
Here on the backside of the sign, you'll find the back story.
Steel doesn't grow on trees, and neither do taxpayer dollars. The entire effort's costing the state $8,800, money coming directly from the Florida Department of Transportation and being diverted from road projects that help create jobs.
Richard Lee crosses over the state line every day, and he says all Scott's doing is boosting his own ego.
“Just a waste of time, well, it's created a job for somebody to do it, but it's just, you know, old sign was fine!”
That's not entirely true. Take a look at these bullet holes on the part of the sign the governor didn't choose to update, but he may soon in the name of 'promoting the state'.
Alabama and Georgia have been putting their governor's names on welcome signs for years. In all, 35 of Florida's signs now bear Governor Scott's name.
Polling Place Distirct 1A
WALTON PARK RECREATION CENTER - 122 WALTON PARK DRIVE
Polling Place District 1B
ANDREW BELLE COMMUNITY CENTER - 1270 LAKE STREET
Polling Place District 2A
ROY DRIGGERS BUILDING (CIVIC CENTER) - 126 N. ST. ANDREWS STREET
Polling Place District 2B
WIREGRASS RECREATION CENTER - 620 6TH AVENUE
Polling Place District 3A
HOUSTON COUNTY FARM CENTER - 1701 E. COTTONWOOD ROAD
Polling Place District 3B
NATIONAL GUARD ARMORY - 1842 3RD AVENUE
Polling Place District 4A
DOTHAN UTILITIES COMPLEX - 200 KILGORE DRIVE
Polling Place District 4B
DOUG TEW RECREATION CENTER - 300 GARLAND STREET
Polling Place District 5A
WESTGATE RECREATION CENTER - 501 RECREATION ROAD
Polling Place District 5B
WESLEY MANOR RETIREMENT CENTER - 718 HONEYSUCKLE ROAD
Polling Place District 6A
VAUGHN-BLUMBER CENTER - 2715 FLYNN ROAD
Polling Place District 6B
WIREGRASS COMMONS MALL COMMUNITY ROOM - 900 COMMONS DRIVE