Gov. Ron DeSantis remains a little behind the pace this year to again eclipse 50 “major” announcements.
His trip last Friday to the Turkey Lake Service Plaza in Orlando to make an announcement about electric-vehicle charging stations marked the 25th time this year his office has sent out a press advisory promoting a “major” announcement.
Last year, DeSantis made at least 58 “major” announcements and was joined twice in the billing by First Lady Casey DeSantis. The first lady had five “major” announcements of her own last year.
Asked what makes a “major” announcement, DeSantis spokeswoman Helen Aguirre Ferre replied this week that it is, “Often related to a policy or funding announcement.”
Among this year’s “major” announcements were lowering Florida Prepaid College plan prices during an event in Jacksonville in January; announcing a $36 million grant for the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority in January, and joining U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao in February as the Donald Trump administration awarded a $44 million grant to PortMiami to build a fumigation facility.
“Major” events have also featured opening an Interstate 4 ramp, making Supreme Court appointments, signing various bills into law and announcing that the Junior Olympics were headed to Brevard County.
However, signing a $92.2 billion budget and issuing $1 billion in vetoes on June 29 failed to merit “major” status in the press announcement.
Casey DeSantis had a solo “major” announcement in January, when she highlighted mental-health support services in communities devastated by Hurricane Michael.
Republished with permission of the News Service of Florida.