America's oldest city welcomes the Gang of Four Tuesday.
Gov. Rick Scott and the three Cabinet members gather in St. Augustine in conjunction with the city's 450th anniversary that begins Friday and runs through Labor Day weekend. The top state officials will adopt measures to evaluate the job performances of FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen and Terry Rhodes, executive director of the highway safety agency, and a five-year plan for land acquisition under the Florida Forever program.
Cabinet members arrived early. Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam did a news event Monday with St. Johns County Tax Collector Dennis Hollingsworth on expanding services for people seeking concealed weapons licenses.
Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater toured a city distillery in St. Augustine. Attorney General Pam Bondi went to a concert featuring '80s rocker Rick Springfield ("Jessie's Girl," No. 1 in '81), and posted a picture from the event on her personal Twitter account. Scott plans a Tuesday afternoon jobs announcement at Anheuser-Busch in Jacksonville.
It's the first time in six months that the Cabinet has ventured out of Tallahassee, and it's likely to be a lot tamer than the last time. The previous road show was in Tampa last March to help kick off the annual state fair, but the tension-filled session attracted a media horde and focused on Cabinet self-criticism and the need for change in the wake of Gerald Bailey's orchestrated dismissal at FDLE.