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Rick Scott Inauguration Festivities Begin

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TALLAHASEE (CBS4) – The celebrations are underway in Tallahassee as Rick Scott prepares take the oath to become Florida’s 45th governor.

Two days of inaugural activities began Monday with a breakfast honoring two women who will also take office.

Scott praised Jennifer Carroll, who will become Florida’s first black lieutenant governor and the first woman elected to the position, and Republican Pam Bondi, who will become the first woman to serve as Florida’s attorney general.

During Monday’s breakfast, Scott said he wants Florida to be a place where everyone can succeed regardless of race or gender.

Other events scheduled Monday will honor Scott’s wife, Ann, and members of the military.

Scott will take the oath on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. on the east steps of the Old Capitol. About 3,000 people are expected to watch him and Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll take their oaths of office including former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

After the swearing-in, there is an inaugural parade, a luncheon, an open house at the Governor’s Mansion and inaugural ball.

Then it’s time to get to work for the 58-year-old Naples multimillionaire who promises to begin accomplishing some of his campaign promises which he calls the 7-7-7 plan — a seven-step, seven-year plan he said would create 700,000 new jobs to state of Florida.

The former health care executive, who has never held elected office, defeated Democrat Alex Sink in the closest governor’s race in modern times in November.

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