Gov. Rick Scott Listens to Bradford County Citizens
By: Yaremi Farinas
Residents of North Central Florida had the chance to tell Governor Rick Scott what was on their minds today.
This is the first time the governor has visited Bradford County since he's been in office.
Local officials and working citizens filled the Governor Charley E. Johns Conference Center this morning.
Among the crowd was Thomas Barber who is the owner of Madision Street Pharmacy in Starke.
"We have cut employees," said Barber.
He expressed his concern that state employees had to use mail orders for prescriptions. He said that's taking away from their community.
"They actually have to send their prescriptions to Texas, Colorado wherever these mail order pharmacies are and send their money out of state, where if they could come to my pharmacy they could get their prescription right at my pharmacy," said Barber.
If state employees were able to do that, Barber said he wouldn't have to cut employees hours and he could possibly hire more workers.
Scott told residents he was focusing on three issues.
"Education of your child, people get jobs and keep the cost of living low," said Gov. Scott.
Other hot topics came up including water shortage in the area, tag fees being too high and about the growth of apprenticeship programs.
"He spoke to the shared vision of creating jobs and refereed use to the department of education to continue the discussion," said Angela Pate who is the Executive Director of Florida Works.
We asked Rick Scott what citizens can expect after this roundtable discussion.
"It depends on the issue. The biggest thing I try to do is introduce them to the individual who is responsible for that issue. What's really a big deal right here or right now is water. It's a big issue because of the shortage in this area," said Scott.
The governor ensured everyone that it's their tax dollars and that he wants to hear what they have to say.
Some residents hope this is a small step in making some changes.
"The more we can get those concepts into their mind, the better," said Pate.
Governor scott visited other counties today including Baker, Columbia, Hamilton and Suwannee.
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