New Florida Welcome Sign Causes Controversy

“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.

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  • by Susie Q. Location: Chipley on May 19, 2011 at 05:17 PM
    If they have his name on them, does that mean when he's not elected again does he get to take all the signs with him. How come a simple sign that says " Welcome to Florida, The sunshine state." Is this not enough?
  • by Dianne Location: Florida on May 19, 2011 at 12:43 PM
    wow talk about and ego and patting your self on the back this guy is only out for himself
  • by Ben Location: Dothan on May 19, 2011 at 07:44 AM
    I've been really disappointed with Gov. Scott. He keeps making decisions that seem penny wise and pound foolish. Turning down the rail money just kept jobs out of Florida. I have family that work for the prison system and all they talk about is how the Gov. is laying off essential employees or turning back technology upgrades and privatizing functions. It sounds less like fiscal conservatism and more like cronyism.
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