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Scott's low-key second inaugural: no ball, just BBQs

Gov. Rick Scott's second inauguration will be a decidedly low-key affair with a statewide "Jobs Jamboree" tour starting Dec. 1. There are no plans for an inaugural ball or parade in Tallahassee, but instead Scott will attend a series of informal barbecues hosted by Florida businesses in Tampa, Miami, Fort Myers, Orlando, Jacksonville and Pensacola during December. Details on specific events will be announced later.

The day of Scott's inauguration, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, will include traditional events such as an inaugural prayer breakfast followed by the official swearing-in ceremony outside the Old Capitol and a "small" evening reception at the Governor's Mansion. First Lady Ann Scott will host a ceremony honoring military service members and their families in Tallahassee on Jan. 6.

In a statement, Scott said: "We are focused on three things – jobs, jobs and jobs ...We know not every Floridian can come to Tallahassee, so we want to host events across Florida to highlight our economic growth and send a signal to the world that Florida is competing to become the global center for job creation.” 

All inaugural activities will be paid for by contributions to the Republican Party of Florida. The inaugural chairs are Brian and Kathryn Ballard, Darlene and Jerry Jordan, Fred and Autumn Karlinsky and Bill and Lys Rubin. Ballard, Karlinsky and Rubin are all prominent Tallahassee lobbyists. Darlene Jordan, a Palm Beach resident, was finance chair of Scott's re-election campaign.