CFO GALLAGHER COMMENDS LEGISLATURE
FOR PASSING NURSING HOME SPRINKLER BILL
Florida’s Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Tom Gallagher commended the Legislature for passing legislation to protect some of Florida’s most vulnerable citizens – the elderly. Sponsored by Sen. Daniel Webster and Rep. John Stargel, the legislation requires all of the state’s nursing homes to have automated fire sprinkler systems by December 31, 2008. The bill also establishes a loan guarantee program to help nursing homes defray the cost of installing sprinkler systems.
The legislation, House Bill 1267, heads to Governor Bush for his consideration. If signed, a loan guarantee program would be available to the estimated 35 nursing homes, mostly older facilities, which currently are not protected by any kind of sprinkler system.
Lake County, the 43rd county, was established May 27, 1887, being taken from Orange and Sumter counties and named for the large number of lakes within its boundaries. The courthouse, above, was built in 1924.