Governor, First Lady light Capitol's homegrown Christmas tree
Gov. Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott continued a festive tradition Tuesday by helping to decorate a homegrown Christmas tree on display in the lobby outside the governor's office in the state Capitol in Tallahassee. Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam presented the tree, a leyland cypress, donated by the Powell Tree Farm in Sneads, a family farm run by Mark and Kay Powell and founded by Mark's father, Reid Powell, in 1981.
"I think they've picked out a perfect tree for the governor's office," Putnam said at a morning tree lighting ceremony before a Cabinet meeting. "In this festival of lights, we're proud that we continue to bring light to a world that's seen too much darkness lately."
Also on hand was a group of students from Cornerstone Christian Academy in Avon Park, along with CFO Jeff Atwater and Attorney General Pam Bondi. "This tree, it's so perfect, it doesn't feel real," Bondi said.
The governor and First Lady each placed "Fresh from Florida" ornaments on the tree, courtesy of Putnam's office, as its rows of tiny silver lights were illuminated for the first time.