In one picture there is the least popular person in Florida and the most popular person in Florida.
Governor Scott has been on a tear handing out “Great Floridian” honors: Tebow included, he’s given out 17 since his inauguration in 2011. And the list has gotten a bit more accessible on his watch: He gave Edison the nod, as well as former governor Jeb Bush and George Jenkins, the founder of Publix supermarkets. (If you’ve ever been to a Publix, you understand that this is heartily deserved. I still miss Publix.)
Last year, he tapped former Florida State Universityhead football coach Bobby Bowden, who turned the Seminoles program into a national powerhouse, becoming the winningest Division I head coach of all time in the process. Scott couldn’t have a beloved Seminole so recently on the list without giving their bitter rivals, the Gators, a Great Floridian all their own.