[UPDATE] Florida Agency Receives Bids to Sell Last 2 Planes

By: Governor's Press Office Release; Associated Press
By: Governor's Press Office Release; Associated Press

[UPDATE] 2-11 2:30PM --

Tallahassee, Fla. –

Governor's Press Office:

In fulfillment of another campaign promise, Governor Rick Scott today has directed the Department of Management Services to accept two bids that were revealed earlier this week. This sale of two state-owned airplanes will net the state of Florida more than $560,000 in savings this fiscal year, and it will eliminate the annual operating and leasing costs of $2.4 million per year.

“Just as Florida’s families and businesses are forced to do more with less, state government must do the same,” remarked Governor Scott. “Burdening taxpayers with these ongoing expenses is irresponsible and not a core function for government to meet the state’s critical needs.”

The move continues Governor Scott’s commitment to rein in state spending and reduce both the size and scope of government in Florida.

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Tallahassee, FL (AP) -

Fifteen bids have been submitted on Florida's two remaining state planes.

Nine bids ranging between $1.1 million and $1.9 million were received by the state Wednesday for a 2003 jet-powered Cessna Citation Bravo. Six bids between $1.1 million and $1.765 million were put on a 2000 King Air 350. All were accompanied by cashier's checks for at least 10 percent of the bid amount.

The bids were accepted by Department of Management Services
officials, who now have 48 hours to notify rejected bidders.

Florida once had a fleet of three planes, but sold one in 2008.

Gov. Rick Scott uses his personal jet to travel on state business at his own expense. He wanted to sell off the state-owned aircraft as a cost-savings measure.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Linda Location: Perry on Feb 12, 2011 at 04:16 AM
    Guess who's going to be buying next Governor's planes TAG YOUR IT...THANKS RICK SCOTT
  • by uneployed Location: fl on Feb 11, 2011 at 02:55 PM
    just seen theplaneson the news. they were liveing large. i know alex is heartbroken.
  • by Truthracker Location: N. Florida on Feb 11, 2011 at 12:51 PM
    Not everyone's net worth is 215 million dollars either. He should be able to afford his own transportation.
  • by uneployed Location: fl on Feb 10, 2011 at 01:09 PM
    i think they should give the money to the extended uneployment benifits. or create some jobs. or have a huge party for florida to rub it in.
  • by barbara jones Location: leon on Feb 10, 2011 at 01:06 PM
    elizabeth--thisis not grand pa walton days you know. if i cant have a plane or ajob i dont want them flying around the country on my dime.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 10, 2011 at 08:30 AM
    lobo , Why does the Governor need a plane available for his use. There are charter companies, and commercial flights.
  • by Elizabeth Location: Tallahassee on Feb 10, 2011 at 07:45 AM
    @uneployed,barabra jones & anonymuos: think b4 you write,so says that Scott will be gov of fla again? so instead of selling that will have to be bought again why not put them to use People stop drinking the cool aid
  • by uneployed Location: fl. on Feb 10, 2011 at 07:28 AM
    we should have gave the one the planes to alex for a good by present.
  • by barbara jones Location: leon on Feb 10, 2011 at 07:26 AM
    i was worried that he was not going to keep his promice. i think they should sell all the airplanes. good job .
  • by Anonymous on Feb 10, 2011 at 06:19 AM
    The next governor can fly commercial just like they should have done all along. A charter can be used in an emergency. The costs will be drastically lower than having to upkeep a State fleet and maintain pilot and maintenance staff.
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