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Florida Icon Pete Clemons
At the Spring, 2016 Board of Trustees meeting Okeechobee native Pete Clemons was recognized as a Florida Icon. At 16 Pete became a professional rodeo athlete, putting himself through college with his winnings. He is a 10-time Florida rodeo champion and won the Silver Spurs Rodeo All Around Champion award eight times. The mascot for Osceola High School's Cowboys was based on a drawing of Pete as he went to compete in the National Jaycees Rodeo Championship in Colorado Springs. He won the best all around title. At the age of 37 he retired from the rodeo to raise cattle on his Okeechobee ranch and run the Okeechobee Livestock Market. In 2008 he was inducted into the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame. As one of the best known and beloved cowboys in our state, Florida House honors Pete with its first Florida Icon Award.
Florida House Senior Vice Chairman Grace Nelson, Trustee Susanne Clemons, Florida Icon Pete Clemons, First Lady Ann Scott & Senator Bill Nelson
Welcome to our New Foyer
Thanks to our Giving Tuesday donors, a new foyer awaits your next visit to Florida House. The 1970's wallpaper was stripped and the original plaster walls were repainted. Our reception desk was moved upstairs and Mrs. Chiles' portrait moved so guests can see it when they arrive. With much appreciation for the generosity of Trustee Elizabeth Riley and her husband, award-winning artist C. Ford Riley, the beautiful landscape painting shown below will now be on permanent display at Florida House.
Now Swimming in the Main Reception Room
This beautiful sculpture of undersea life by Florida author John Townsend has been added to the Florida House art collection. It was generously gifted to the House by Trustee Jo-Ann Price and her husband Michael Price. Children and adults alike have already fallen in love with the colorful sea creatures. The sculpture stands six feet tall and weighs over 500 pounds!
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