Governor Rick Scott’s Weekly Newsletter – August 12, 2011

Statewide Drug Strike Force Winning Pill Mill Battle

On Monday, along with law enforcement leaders throughout Florida, I helped announce the progress we are making in Florida’s fight against illegal prescription drugs.

I would like to thank Florida’s law enforcement community and everyone involved in making this progress possible. Our multi-faceted approach is making a difference. Since January we have taken more than 600,000 pills off the streets. Also, the purchases of oxycodone, the number one killer, are down 17 percent compared to last year. I made a promise to crack down on pill mills, and these numbers show substantial progress.

Also, today, I joined Secretary of State Kurt Browning, Ambassador Cristina Barrios, Consul General to Spain, and several international business leaders to begin the 500 day countdown to Florida’s 500th anniversary.

In 2013, we will be commemorating our state’s rich and diverse history dating back to 1513, when Juan Ponce de Leon became the first European to explore Florida or any other part of what is now the United States of America. The commemoration, officially called Viva Florida 500, will showcase the variety of historic people, places and events that have helped shape Florida.

All regions of Florida are anticipated to play a role in the commemoration, which will include many activities and events, as well as educational programming. For more information, please visit or

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Promises Made, Promises Kept:

Governor Scott and Secretary Browning Count Down
to Florida’s 500th Anniversary

Governor Scott: Strike Force Winning Pill Mill War Off the Streets: 200k pills, $1.7 million in cash, 937 suspects


First Lady Ann Scott visited the local American Red Cross this week to tour the facility and learn about their work to prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters and other emergencies in the community. Mrs. Scott visited the disaster response and shelter operations, experienced a demonstration on first aid and CPR training, and learned about American Red Cross efforts to connect loved ones in the military during an emergency.

Mrs. Scott thanked staff and volunteers. The Capital Area Chapter recently deployed volunteers to Alabama to help with recovery after devastating tornadoes. Last year, the local American Red Cross touched the lives of more than 10,500 people in eight counties.


Speaking-at-Outerbeltway.jpgThis week Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll helped Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad announce the construction of the First Coast Outer Beltway that will run nearly 50 miles in length from I-10 in Jacksonville in the north, through Clay County, across the St. Johns River to I-95 in the south. This project will bring jobs to the construction industry.

Additionally, suppliers, local retail, rental equipment stores, "mom and pop" canteen operators, local gasoline stores and convenient stores will also benefit with increased sales and revenues because of this major job activity in Northeast Florida. Since DOT is using financing options and asking private investors to use their capital to construct and maintain this roadway, it will be a user pay roadway. You don’t have to pay any tolls if you do not use the road. This eliminates the need to increase taxes.


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