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My Florida C F O
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Dear Fellow Floridian:Happy Fourth of July from CFO Atwater

In a letter to his wife, Abigail, John Adams wrote, “I am well aware of the toil, and blood, and treasure, that it will cost us to maintain this declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet, through all the gloom, I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is more than worth all the means and that posterity will triumph in that day’s transactions, even although we should rue it, which I trust in God we shall not.”

Our nation was forged from the struggles of our founding fathers who had an enduring loyalty to the principle of freedom. They knew that independence was not going to be easy, but it was a cause worth dying for. Their sacrifices, centuries ago, laid the groundwork for future generations of Americans to grow our nation with “government by the people, for the people” as a guiding light. It is a principle that lives within every American.

This year, as we celebrate the birth of a nation, so new in concept that many believed it was doomed to fail, let us remember the sacrifices made for independence and freedom. Let us remember the magnitude of what those 56 patriots did and the risks they took, so that the generations to come would have a land, free from tyranny, to call home.

Have a happy and safe Fourth.

Jeff Atwater
Jeff Atwater
Chief Financial Officer
State of Florida

News of Interest

Sunshine State News: Jeff Atwater Provides Safety Tips for Fireworks

Orlando Sentinel: Officials urge caution when fireworks are part of the celebration

WTXL ABC 27: Program to help seniors protect themselves from fraud

Florida Times-Union: Gas prices drop heading into Fourth

Miami Herald: South Florida companies protect your assets from storms

Jacksonville Business Journal: Businesses more optimistic, SunTrust survey shows

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