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For Fire Prevention Week, recalling Florida history



Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet recognized Fire Prevention Week at a meeting Tuesday, and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam recalled a story he heard as a very young state representative about Florida's 22-story Capitol building.

"The story was, when they were building this building, that the governor and Cabinet were going to be on the 21st floor," Putnam said, recalling the story by the late Mallory Horne, a former Senate president and House speaker and one of the greatest storytellers in the history of Florida politics. Putnam said he remembered Horne telling him the story at the Silver Slipper, which for decades was a popular dining spot for Tallahassee political leaders and lobbyists.

"Anyway,"  Putnam continued, "the governor at that time (Reubin Askew) went to the movies and saw The Towering Inferno. He came back to work on Monday morning and told the architect, 'I want to be on the ground.'" The Cabinet members soon followed suit and all of them have occupied the Capitol's ground floor ever since. 

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 10:02am]


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