MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — Gov. Ron DeSantis was at a ceremony Wednesday to unveil a new park named after him in Manatee County.
The new park was named after DeSantis after an online vote by Manatee County residents.
“What a great park,” DeSantis said at the ceremony before launching into a speech that echoed a campaign event.
“As a dad, I am glad that this is here so that many families will be able to enjoy it in the future,” he said.
DeSantis talked about the war in Israel and other campaign talking points such as “parental rights.”
There were also several protesters who showed up at the ceremony holding signs criticizing DeSantis.
“Governor Ron DeSantis always prioritizes the well-being of Florida families,” Manatee County District 4 Commissioner Mike Rahn said in a statement. “May this park pay tribute to his commitment as a dedicated family man and offer a wonderful backdrop for Manatee County families to create lasting memories together.”
The park, located at 7510 Prospect Road in Sarasota, features two dog parks, two playgrounds, two shaded pickleball courts, fitness trails, permanent restrooms, solar lighting, and ADA-accessible parking.