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Visiting Keys 'conchs' give Scott warm welcome

A relaxed Gov. Rick Scott welcomed Keys residents to Tallahassee Wednesday on Florida Keys Day and the governor got a warm welcome from the visiting Conchs when he spoke the magic words: "Wastewater treatment." The top legislative priority for Monroe County in this legislative session is getting money and a bill to complete the island chain's sewer system by 2015. "I know that's a project we need to do," Scott said.

KeysAs Democratic Rep. Ron Saunders of Key West sat nearby, Scott told the group that Keys representatives "are doing a great job." He added: "I've been shocked. I've been up here for 14 months, and some people, they just don't create great relationships."

Mayor Norman Anderson of the tiny Keys community of Layton introduced himself, Scott said: "Layton? What mile marker?" The crowd roared with approving laughter. Later, Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers said the mile marker comment "shows that he understands. He knows our county." -- Steve Bousquet