Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Scott had been updated about the hurricane by the Florida Division of Emergency Management and talked to the governors of Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia to offer assistance. 
Getting ready to start her new duties in Tallahassee next week, incoming Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is turning to prominent Democratic activists for help. 
Three months after Hurricane Michael slammed into the Panhandle, parts of that region are continuing to recover--and state Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is calling for more funds and a sales tax exemption to help speed up the process. 
Backed by the Estuary Caucus, Posey was able to add the funds as part of the Interior and Environment Appropriations bill. 
For Florida, offshore development in the federal waters could create more than 56,000 jobs by 2035 and could result in more than $2.6 billion annually in state revenues.
By declaring this state of emergency, Governor Scott is ensuring that state and local government has ample time, resources and flexibility to get prepared for this storm.
With Democrats taking over the U.S. House on Thursday, one of the leading Republicans in the Florida delegation unveiled his agenda for the next two years. 
Gov. Ron DeSantis has hit the ground running and, after a little more than a month in office, has won strong support in Florida. 
With Tropical Storm Gordon expected to turn into a hurricane and hit the Mississippi coast on Tuesday night, Gov. Rick Scott told residents of the Panhandle to be ready for the storm’s impact.
Caldwell said the average Floridian in the city or suburb might not understand just how wide ranging the department’s responsibilities are.