The Texas-Florida Connection
Hold Your Horses, Gov. Rick Scott
Can Florida emulate Texas in creating jobs? Here's a comparison.
Quality of Life
Florida's beaches and natural areas are competitive advantages for the state in attracting companies that value quality of life.
Talk to Gov. Scott about Florida's quality of life, and he backpedals on his anti-growth-management rhetoric. "We want to take care of our environment," he says. "You look at places in Florida and how well they developed — look at Naples — you see that they did a great job. You really have to admire it."
On the wall of his office in the state Capitol hangs an oil painting of the Naples beach by artist Jerry Vallez. The sugary sand, natural vegetation and serene waves have a lot to do with why Scott and his family relocated from Connecticut to southwest Florida in 2003. "Texas has great cities, but I've lived in Dallas; I've lived in Fort Worth," says Scott. "They have ice storms."
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