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DeSantis kicks off Inauguration Day with prayer breakfast



Incoming Gov. Ron DeSantis kicked off the morning of his swearing-in as Florida’s 46th chief executive with a prayer breakfast at Florida A&M University Tuesday morning, surrounded by a bevy of faith leaders and elected officials offering prayers for the new First Family, the Cabinet and the administration's new leadership for the state.

In a cavernous multipurpose center often used for basketball and volleyball games, a few hundred attendees listened as a handful of speakers prayed also for the DeSantis’ marriage, their children, and for the military and those affected by Hurricane Michael. The last was delivered by Rep. Mel Ponder, R-Destin, who prayed to “send a revival into Northwest Florida” thanked those helping with recovery efforts still ongoing from the Category 4 storm.

In brief comments mirroring those she delivered the previous day, Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez described herself as a “woman of faith” and thanked those praying for them as they are inaugurated later today. DeSantis also invoked his faith, noting a reason they had canceled the inaugural parade was because he and First Lady Casey DeSantis intended to baptize their newborn son Mason later that afternoon at the Governor’s Mansion with water brought from the Sea of Galilee.

Police presence around the FAMU campus was heavy that morning, with several roads blocked off and a drone overhead. As the event concluded, police had already begun blocking off Monroe Street downtown for the inaugural swearing-in ceremony, scheduled to start at 11 a.m.