Governor Scott Gives Brief Statement on Dozier Decision

By: News Staff Email
By: News Staff Email

PANAMA CITY- Governor Rick Scott made a visit to Panama City Wednesday.

He was in town to help co-host a town hall meeting for the Agency for Persons With Disabilities.

They discussed the state of the agency and the $36 million in funding from the 2013 Florida Family First budget, which they say is on budget for the first time in a decade.

While he was here, NewsChannel 7's Betsy Goldin had a chance to ask Governor Scott about the state's decision not to let researchers exhume bodies from Dozier, a now defunct reform school for boys.

"The state won't issue a permit to exume the bodies at Dozier. What's your solution?" NewsChannel 7's Betsy Goldin asked him Wednesday.

"It's a process," Governor Scott answered, "Who's asking for that, and they have to go through the right agency to get that done."

USF researchers have verified the deaths of two adult staff members and 96 children between 1914 and 1973 at the Dozier School, located about 60 miles west of Tallahassee. At least 22 bodies are still unidentified.


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