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The new-look Florida Cabinet



Florida's new-look Cabinet made its debut Thursday, with Gov. Charlie Crist front and center, flanked by the two new members: Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink at Crist's left and Attorney General Bill McCollum on his right.

There wasn't much on the agenda -- mainly the confirmations of Mike Sole at the Department of Environmental Protection and  LeRoy Collins Jr. at Veterans Affairs -- so Crist made time for a delegation of Brevard County residents to sound off about high insurance rates and policy cancellations.

"Your presence here in Tallahassee does make a difference," Sink told the Brevard visitors in their windbreakers and "Insurance Reform Now" buttons. She added: "We have plenty of lobbyists walking around the halls -- trust me. They're the guys in the suits. We pay more attention to the people in the T-shirts."   

Crist ended a Tallahassee tradition of the governor descending a spiral staircase to the basement-level Cabinet room to meet reporters. The governor has opted for a more formal, and (at least on Thursday) longer Q-and-A with reporters in his large conference room adjacent to his office.

That room also now sports an oval rendering that says "The Capitol, Tallahassee, Florida" on it, which is really a likeness of the historic and picturesque Old Capitol -- with the new tower seen behind it.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:26pm]


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