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Wed Sep 13, 2017, 01:49 PM

Etiquette questions for South Florida in Hurricane Irmas wake

This is a sarcastic but pretty accurate post about Florida and the hurricanes. Frank Cerabino is an absolute treasure and his columns are always right on.

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/etiquette-questions-for-south-florida-hurricane-irma-wake/7dHY2bfHc4KZ1pebaKEclI/

Q — I noticed that as the hurricane approached, the highway signs on I-95 displayed the message, “Tolls suspended by order of governor.”

Aren’t turnpike tolls always suspended for every hurricane? Am I being picky by thinking that the words “by order of governor” were completely unnecessary here?

A — You’re correct. Gov. Rick Scott didn’t just wake up one day last week and say, “Hey, I’ve got an idea, why don’t we suspend tolls while ordering an evacuation for the hurricane.”

And his aide didn’t slap his head, and respond: “What a great idea, governor! You’re a benevolent genius. Why didn’t anybody else ever think of that?”

No, this was just a boilerplate storm preparation that has been part of every storm response. It’s not a reflection of Scott’s generosity, ingenuity or novel leadership.

But it is tacky, considering that Scott plans to run for U.S. Senate when his term ends next year. By inserting himself unnecessarily on the evacuation notice, he is using the state highway signs as unpaid advertising.

Being that this can’t be undone, Mr. Hurricane Manners thinks proper etiquette calls for allowing his opponent in that future Senate race to be afforded four-day access to the state highway signs to run another message about the governor.

For example, it could be a message that highlight’s Scott real hands-on role in turning down the no-cost expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare. The sign could read:

“Health care suspended for 800,000 Floridians by order of governor”



Oh and no I don't think Gov Scott did a good job with this hurricane. He can read a script pretty good (not really if you actually watched him), but he didn't do anything. The people who praised him aren't aware that it was actually local officials who did their jobs - not the governor. All he did was go to each county and repeat the same script and scare people. You know who did a good job during and after this storm?? My city for one - Port St Lucie. The first thing they did was make sure all traffic lights were operational. We have not had 1 accident in my town because of that. Look at West Palm Beach. Traffic Lights out everywhere and people have no idea how to handle that. There are no police officers at major intersections to take care of the major issues. Just my 2 cents . . .

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Wed Sep 13, 2017, 01:54 PM

1. Same for Donnie...Trump didn't do anything but let the dreaded "Deep State" run...

fed agencies roll out assistance in response to the hurricanes.

I am surprised Donnie has not taken credit for it personally, though he maybe waiting to see what the fallout is.

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Wed Sep 13, 2017, 01:54 PM

2. Gotta agree with you

on Scott's not being able to read a script well. He seemed to stumble on about every fifth word.

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