Here are Webster’s remarks:
Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure to recognize the West Orange Times & Observer as they celebrate 110 years of publication in Orange County, Florida.
From its roots, the West Orange Times has been committed to informing, educating, and entertaining their readers. Based in Winter Garden, the paper has grown and prospered with the city region into a bustling center of news, community, and growth.
I met George and Anne Bailey back in 1980, when I was first elected to the Florida House of Representatives. We didn’t always see exactly alike, but we became very good friends for many years. Throughout my service in both Tallahassee and Washington, the West Orange Times has remained my hometown paper, and is still delivered to my home every week.
Newspapers bring a community together as a method for informing the public, sharing the highs and lows, and advertising events that knit us together. I am grateful for the leadership and involvement of the West Orange Times & Observer, their long history in our area, and their dedication to draw our community together. West Orange is stronger because of them.