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Thursday, September 21, 2023

Biden White House announces ambassador appointment for Charlie Crist

Former Gov. Charlie Crist has been nominated for an ambassador level position with the Biden administration.

Crist, who lost his bid to reclaim the Governor’s Mansion in November to Gov. Ron DeSantis, has been nominated as the next U.S. Ambassador to the International Civil Aviation Organization, a United Nations agency. His nomination must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Charlie Crist right signs an autograph for Villager Casey Marr
Charlie Crist, right, signs an autograph for Villager Casey Marr during a 2022 visit to Florida’s Friendliest Hometown.


“As Governor, Crist guided the state through challenging times, including the Great Recession and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Despite drastic budget shortfalls due to the economic crisis, he made public education a top priority, steering federal stimulus funding to save thousands of teachers’ jobs. He is also a staunch environmental advocate, working at the federal and state levels to help secure billions in public and private aid to restore the Florida Everglades,” the White House said in its announcement of Crist’s nomination.

He would replace pilot Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger, who became a national hero in 2009 after a miraculous landing on the Hudson River.

Crist was a Republican when he was elected governor in 2006.He attempted to step up to the U.S. Senate in 2010, but was caught off guard by rising Republican rival Marco Rubio, forcing Crist to move over and run as an independent. After losing his bid for the U.S. Senate, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Democrat.

Who asked the Developer to submit names for the fire district board?

In a Letter to the Editor, a Villager wonders who asked the Developer to submit names for a yet-to-be-created fire district board?

Fire district charade

In a Letter to the Editor, a Village of Pennecamp resident calls out Sumter County officials on the “fire district charade.”

Why should Villagers north of State Road 44 pay for fire station down south?

A Village of Sanibel resident is wondering why Villagers north of State Road 44 should help pay for a fire station down south. Read his Letter to the Editor.

Daily Sun’s story on AED program prompts question from reader

A Villages Daily Sun story on the AED program prompted a question from a reader. Check out her Letter to the Editor.

Trump was completely delusional in TV interview

A Village of McClure resident contends former President Trump was delusional in an interview aired Sunday on “Meet the Press.”