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Florida's longest serving mayor says Gov. Rick Scott 'has some good ideas'



Apopka Mayor John Land, 90, was recognized today by the Florida Legislature for being the longest serving mayor in Florida and the longest serving full-time mayor in America.

Land was first elected in 1949 as mayor of Apopka, the Indoor Foliage Capital of the World, and served until he was defeated in 1968. He returned to office in 1970 and has served ever since.

“After serving as Apopka’s mayor for 58 years, he is against term limits,” Rep. Bryan Nelson, R-Apopka said.

Here's his official bio and the resolution approved by the House and Senate.

[Last modified: Wednesday, March 9, 2011 2:08pm]


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