This week we announced that Florida’s crime rate is now at a 43-year low, with crime down in every category. Even while Florida’s population grows, the total number of crimes continues to drop, which is a testament to our brave men and women who serve in our communities each and every day. Florida’s total number of crimes dropped 3.8 percent, and there were 27,000 fewer crimes in 2013 than previous years.
Our lower crime rate is great news for our state. Not only are our families and communities safer, but Florida is in a better position to create more opportunities for Floridians. Florida’s drop in crime shows everyone that the Sunshine State really is the best place to live, work, and raise a family.
Florida state employees are working hard for Florida families.
I would like to thank Robert Barrett, of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, for his work launching the “Nature Play Prescription,” a statewide recreation and health effort encouraging healthy physical activity by interacting with nature. The program provides free entry into a Florida state park for Florida children and their family or friends.
I would also like to congratulate Belinda Johnson-Cornett, of the Florida Department of Health, for being selected by the University of South Florida as the “2014 Florida Outstanding Woman in Public Health.” Belinda is recognized for her exceptional leadership in providing quality health service delivery to Florida families.