Travel Guide to Florida - - GOVERNOR’S MESSAGE - Sin­cerely, Rick Scott Gov­er­nor

Dear Friends:

Oc­to­ber 2016

Florida's beau­ti­ful beaches, world -class fish­ing and golf, and count­less cul­tural events and at­trac­tions helped at­tract a record 105 mil­lion tourists in 2015. Our state is home to the most large fresh­wa­ter springs in Amer­ica and the na­tion's best state parks, as well as the world fa­mous Ever­glades.

It's ex­cit­ing that the Sun­shine State wel­comed the most visi­tors in Florida his­tory dur­ing the first six months of 2016, putting us on track for a sixth con­sec­u­tive record year. We look for­ward to wel­com­ing even more visi­tors to the Sun­shine State to en­joy our record break­ing suc­cess.

Florida is send­ing a clear mes­sage around the world that our state is the best place for busi­nesses and fam­i­lies to suc­ceed. Florida's econ­omy is grow­ing and we are on the path to be­com­ing a na­tional leader in job growth. As a re­sult, Florida fam­i­lies and com­pa­nies pros­per, jobs are cre­ated, and state tax rev­enues in­crease, cre­at­ing the op­por­tu­nity to in­vest in ar­eas im­por­tant to Florida fam­i­lies - like ed­u­ca­tion, the en­vi­ron­ment, and keep­ing Florida com­mu­ni­ties safe and healthy.

In Florida, the health and safety of our visi­tors is a top pri­or­ity. We are at a 45year crime low and proud to be a safe state for our 20 mil­lion res­i­dents and mil­lions of tourists. I in­vite you to ex­plore all of the op­por­tu­ni­ties that make Florida the best place in the world to raise a fam­ily, get a good pay­ing job, and build a great life.

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