Florida Keys News - Islamorada/KL Free Press
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
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Governor to appear at council meeting

ISLAMORADA -- Gov. Rick Scott will make an appearance at the Village Council meeting Thursday, March 14, where the council will proclaim Rick Scott Day in Islamorada, village officials have announced.

Scott, who will be in town for the Republican Party of Monroe County's annual Reagan Dinner fundraiser lat-er that evening, will appear at the beginning of what promises to be an unusually short Village Council meeting. He'll then head to the fundraiser at the Islander Resort, where he'll be the keynote speaker at the $100-a-head event.

Council members have truncated the agenda for the 5:30 p.m. Thursday meeting so they can attend the fundraiser.

The Rick Scott Day proclamation praises the governor for signing off last year on a $50 million Florida Keys wastewater grant, $18.5 million of which went directly toward the village's ongoing $113 million sewer project.

It also broadly lauds the work of the governor, whose job approval ratings have been low in polls published over the winter.

The village, reads the proclamation, is "grateful for the tireless efforts of Governor Scott not only for his support of the Florida Keys wastewater projects but for his work to create jobs, reduce unemployment, protect the environment, grow the economy, strengthen education and keep the cost of living low for Florida families."

The proclamation, as well as Scott's visit to Islamorada, come in the midst of this year's session of the Florida Legislature. Keys governments are pushing to receive a second of four authorized $50 million grants this year, though Scott didn't include the funds in the preliminary budget he put forward in January.

There is still time for that to change, however, as the official budget is set by the Legislature and then signed off on by the governor.

Under an agreement among local governments, the village won't get a slice of the second grant installment because last year it received a large share relative to its size. But the funding of the second grant would put the village in line for funds from a third installment.

rsilk@keysnews.com

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