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Inauguration events today begin with prayer breakfast

TALLAHASSEE — Incoming Gov. Rick Scott and his fellow Republicans on the Florida Cabinet take the oath of office today and celebrate with a day of events that will temporarily shut down the heart of the capital city.

The action starts with a prayer breakfast at Florida A&M University.

The keynote speaker at the breakfast is former President Richard Nixon's counsel Charles Colson, who pleaded guilty in 1974 to obstruction of justice in the Watergate-related break-in of psychiatrist Daniel Ellsberg's office. Colson has since founded Prison Fellowship Ministries.

The 90-minute swearing-in ceremony starts at 11 a.m. and can be watched live on the web at www.wfsu.org.

Gov. Charlie Crist flew to Tallahassee this morning from Tampa for the ceremony with plans to return his St. Petersburg home in the afternoon.

The swearing-in ceremony opens with the Tampa Bay's Children's Chorus performance of the national anthem.

Then, the Florida Cabinet members will be sworn in: Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Attorney General Pam Bondi.

Jennifer Carroll takes oath of office next. She will be the state's first black female lieutenant governor.

Scott takes the oath of office as governor administered by Chief Justice Charles T. Canady, using the Scott Family Bible carried by Mrs. Ann Scott.

After the inauguration, Scott will host a "Let's Get to Work Leadership Luncheon."

The inaugural parade starts at 2:15 p.m. and lasts for two hours. Participants, including the Citrus County High School Marching Band, will parade south down Monroe Street, pass the Capitol and finish in front of the Leon County Civic Center. Several downtown Tallahassee streets will be closed for much of the day.

The day ends with an open house at the Governor's Mansion and the inaugural ball at the civic center.

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