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New Florida Senate chamber gets its long-awaited debut

Visitors, Florida Senators and their staff members look at the new Florida Senate chamber, Monday, Nov. 21, 2016. The $6 million renovation took 8 months to complete.

Scott Keeler / Tampa Bay Times

Visitors, Florida Senators and their staff members look at the new Florida Senate chamber, Monday, Nov. 21, 2016. The $6 million renovation took 8 months to complete.

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After eight months and nearly 50,000 hours of construction work, Florida legislative leaders got their first official look at a brand new Senate chamber on Monday.

The $6 million renovation was the first major overhaul to the room since the current Capitol was built in the late 1970s, and the result is a brighter and modernized — yet classically styled — chamber where the Florida Senate will continue to conduct its business.

“They did a phenomenal job, and it’s long overdue,” said Sen. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton. “It brings a level of respect to the process to have the chamber looking so stately as it does now.”

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Photo credit: Scott Keeler / Tampa Bay Times

[Last modified: Monday, November 21, 2016 7:01pm]

    

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