Published: May 02, 2011 5:35 PM EDT
Updated: May 02, 2011 2:35 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) - From Miami's Calle Ocho to Tallahassee's statehouse, Floridians are celebrating the death of Al Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden, who took credit for the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

At the domino tables in Miami's Little Havana, much of the morning chatter focused on the attack, as it did at water coolers, stores and homes across the Sunshine State.

Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado says he understands some might feel it's in bad taste to celebrate a person's death, but he said the lethal operation gives Americans a reason to stand united. He added Bin Laden's death is a reminder that those who attack the U.S. face punishment.

In Tallahassee, Gov. Rick Scott said the world is a safer place and commended President Barack Obama, the U.S. military and the intelligence community.

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