Ask the Governor
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Title: Ask the Governor
Physical Description: nos. in : ; 36 cm.
Creator: Florida -- Governor (1961-1965 : Bryant)
Publisher: s.n.
Place of Publication: Tallahassee
Creation Date: January 15, 1962
Subjects / Keywords: Politics and government -- Periodicals -- Florida -- 1951-   ( lcsh )
Genre: serial   ( sobekcm )
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Transcript of ASK THE GOVERNOR Y ."f
As taped for radio release the week of
January 15, 1962

It's time to "Ask the Governor," When Governor Bryant wers
questions based on letters and comments from Florida citizens. ~-

QUESTION: Governor, to start with, what are the prospects for
the 1962 tourist season in Florida?

GOVERNOR: I don't think there can be any doubt that we will
have, barring some international complication over which, of course,

we have no control, the finest season in 1962 we have ever had. I

know that for many attractions from which I have already heard they

are setting new records and, of course, we are beginning to tap the

European market in a way that we never have done before. These

factors, combined with general prosperity around the country and

the increased readiness of Florida attractions and service managers

to take advantage of this situation, mean good business for

Florida tourism.

QUESTION: What do you think the effect of this good season
will be on Florida's economy?

GOVERNOR: One thing about Florida's tourist business of which

we are certain is that the benefits of it flood out into every

avenue of economic life. It's like good red corpuscles in the

artery of Florida's economic veins. Tourism puts money in the

government's tax coffers that helps us build roads with gasoline

tax revenues. The sales tax provides the monies on which we operate

schools and provide the essential services of government. And then,

of course, it supports the wages of the people. It builds up the

construction industry. I can think of very, very few industries or

avenues of Florida economic life that are not benefited by a good

tourist year.

QUESTION: There has been a nip to the air of late that some
have described as downright cool. How much effect do you think that
chilly weather has on tourism in Florida?

GOVERNOR: Well, of course, everything is relative when you
talk about weather. To a man that's looking out of his window at

snow-covered streets and who is having to slush his way to work or

to play, if he has that opportunity, through the sleet, the sunshine


of Florida is a wonderful thing to see even though it may be a

little cooler than we who live here in Florida think it ought to be,

And then these cool spells are rather transient -- it drops down

for a day cr two at the most and bounces right back to the bathing

suit weather that we like to boast about.

QUESTION: Last fall you sought tourists from overseas on a

trip that took you to several European countries. Will there be

much in the way of affect from that trip that will be felt in

Florida in 1962?

GOVERNOR: Well, of course, it is hard to measure those things.

I don't have any flat category for measurements, but I do have the

report of one U Drive It agency, for instance, to the effect that

for the first time in their history they are having reservations

from Europe. In this particular instance, they had had 13 car

reservations where they had never had any before. Then I received

a letter the other day from one of the major hotels in one of

Florida's northern cities in which they said that they have already

enjoyed visits from several persons referred to them by certain of

the travel agencies in Europe with whom we had contact. I am

confident that these are but symbolic of the broader benefits that

we can expect to enjoy as a result not only of that trip, but of

the continuing and increasing promotional activities of the Florida

Development Commission.

QUESTION: Do you think it likely that trips of that sort will

be repeated during the remaining years of your term?

GOVERNOR: I would hope so.. I would hope that not only the

Governor of Florida, but leading businessmen and many others would

take advantage of the improved interest in Europe for travel in

Florida to make trips there which will result in promoting new

trade for this state. I know the Florida Tourism Steering Committee,

for instance, has been thinking a lot about activity in this

direction and that is an aggressive and very promotion-minded group

that is doing Florida a great deal of good.

QUESTION: Would you say that this is symbolic of Florida's

new approach to tourism?

GOVERNOR: It is. We all join hands to do the job in a way
better than it has ever been done before.

Thank you, sir. If you have a question of general interest
that you would like Governor Bryant to answer on this program, jot

it down on a post card and send it to "Ask the Governor,"

Governor's Office, Tallahassee, or in care of this station, which

has made available this time in the public interest. Be with us

again next week when again we "Ask the Governor."