AVIATION APPRECIATION MONTH IN FLORIDA
WHEREAS, aviation plays a critical role in the lives of our citizens, as well as in the operation of our businesses and agriculture; and
WHEREAS, the State of Florida has a significant interest in the continued vitality of aviation, aircraft an aerospace manufacturing, commercial service and community airports, and aviation education; and
WHEREAS, there are 19 commercial service and 110 general aviation/community airports, helping make Florida the number two state for aerospace and aviation establishments in the United States; and
WHEREAS, more than 8.5 percent of Florida Gross State Product results from businesses dependent upon aviation; and
WHEREAS, Florida’s commercial airports accommodate more than 144.9 million passengers annually, ranking Florida second in the nation; and
WHEREAS, international airports in Florida accommodate more than 29.1 million international passengers annually, which is 14.5 percent of the total international passengers in the nation; and
WHEREAS, Florida has made significant investments in our airports, which has helped bring record numbers of tourists to Florida, with more than half of Florida’s visitors (50.5 percent) arriving each year by air; and
WHEREAS, Florida’s general aviation/community airports accommodate more than 9 million visitors and business travelers annually; and
WHEREAS, air cargo operations account for more than $10.3 billion in annual economic activity to Florida; and
WHEREAS, in total, aviation represents more than $144 billion in annual economic activity; and
WHEREAS, numerous leading aviation companies have headquarters or a major presence in Florida; and
WHEREAS, organizations like the Florida Airport Council, Florida Aviation Business Association, Florida Aviation Aerospace Alliance, the Alliance for Aviation Across America, National Business Aviation Association, National Association of State Aviation Officials, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and National Air Transportation Association recognize and promote the interests and importance of aviation in Florida and throughout the world;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Scott, Governor of the State of Florida , do hereby extend greetings and best wishes to all observing April 2015 as Aviation Appreciation Month in Florida.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Florida to be affixed at Tallahassee, the Capital, this 25th day of March, in the year two thousand fifteen.