“New Year’s Day is a time to celebrate with family and friends, and to look towards the coming year with great anticipation,” Florida Governor Charlie Crist told Historic City News in a special holiday announcement this morning. “It is also a time to reflect on the past year and be thankful for our many blessings.”
Crist, who visited St. Augustine recently for the annual Greek Festival and again to tour the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind campus, told Historic City News Editor Michael Gold during his campaign for U.S. Senator, that he believes there is no calling greater than public service.
“I would like to thank the people of Florida for the honor and privilege of serving as Governor and I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked to improve the lives of the citizens of Florida and strengthen our state,” Crist said today. “I am proud of our many accomplishments, such as reducing the crime rate to a thirty-nine year low and taking steps to make government open and transparent.”
Reflecting on some of last year’s most notable challenges, Crist said, “Since becoming Governor, our state and nation have experienced truly extraordinary times. From the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to high levels of unemployment across the state, the people and businesses of Florida have faced tremendous economic strain.”
Arguably, the Crist administration has suffered some of the most drastic economic challenges in decades.
“Yet, Floridians from across our state have demonstrated a tremendous spirit and resolve,” Crist observed. “It is their courage, talent and dedication that gives me hope for Florida’s future.”
“Carole and I wish you all a Happy New Year,” Crist said this morning. “I extend best wishes to Governor-Elect Rick Scott and pray for his success. May God continue to bless the great State of Florida.”
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