Florida Governor Seeking OK to Greet Airport Visitors

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Tallahassee, FL (AP) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants a state ethics panel to say it's OK for him to greet visitors with recorded messages at Tampa International Airport.

Scott's acting general counsel has asked the Florida Commission on Ethics whether or not it would violate state law to play the recorded greetings by Scott on airport shuttles.

The ethics commission will rule on the request during its June 15 meeting.

A draft opinion prepared by commission staff says Scott should be allowed to do the greetings, which would include the governor telling people that "Tampa Bay" is a "great place to live, work and play." The request comes shortly before Tampa will host the Republican National Convention.

Scott's office made the request because the governor cannot accept gifts from lobbyists or organizations that hire lobbyists.

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  • by Oh No on May 31, 2012 at 05:24 PM
    Can you imagine the poor airport worker who will have to hear that message loop over, and over, and over...?
  • by let's get to work Location: fl on May 31, 2012 at 01:00 PM
    jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs
  • by Tom Location: Tallahassee on May 31, 2012 at 12:42 PM
    What a lousy way to start your visit (or come home) to a city. Hearing scott's voice over a loud speaker would be pretty depressing. Music would be WAY better.
  • by NotoBaldy on May 31, 2012 at 12:22 PM
    All Floridians need to assign the "Your so Vain" song to Baldy Governor. I have never seen such a waist of taxpayers money or seen any other governor who had to have his name plastered all over everything on the taxpayers dime. We even have to pay for his wardrobe too... just had a refresh of his shirts. The saddest part of this is he just does not see how vain he is. So sad.
  • by Anonymous on May 31, 2012 at 08:59 AM
    No, no, no. I don`t believe Tampa will end up being the only airport with this recorded message. Mr. Scott - quit wasting time and money on things like this,,we don`t need or want "fluff". Too many citizens here still need good paying jobs you said you were going to create but we still have NOT seen them. Stop trying to add to your national fame you already have it as being the worst Governor since Claude Kirk.
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      by 62nitro on May 31, 2012 at 02:08 PM in reply to
      Unemployment numbers have come down every year since he has been gov. Wasting time? Really, how long does it take to record a message? He can do that from his office while he's having a coffee break. As far as him being "the worst gov since Kirk", you know what they say about opinions, they are just like belly buttons, everybody has one and you can't help the fact that you are wrong.
  • by Anonymous on May 31, 2012 at 08:54 AM
    Not a Scott supporter, but I would actually support this idea at ALL Florida airports. I think it's a great way to let people visiting Florida that they are appreciated and welcomed. And really...how much does it really cost to record a 30 second speech and have it play on shuttles?? Florida makes a lot of money off of tourist/vacationers. Lets make them feel welcomed to they will come back or maybe even move here and become taxpayers!
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      by Anonymous on May 31, 2012 at 09:54 AM in reply to
      We the public are targeted all day long for commercials. I don't want a commercial from this governor. I want peace and quiet in an airport. Maybe a little toe-tappin music. But that's it.
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        by yea on May 31, 2012 at 12:58 PM in reply to Anonymous
        everywhere you turn someone is trying to pull one of the worthless american dollars out of you. SICK OF IT.
  • by Sunshine Location: TLH on May 31, 2012 at 06:28 AM
    Another waste of our taxpayer's money -- not only do you have the Governor's time being spent but another court deal too; get busy trying to find more jobs and money for our taxpayers;
  • by D'is Gusted on May 31, 2012 at 06:11 AM
    I see nothing wrong with a state's governor providing a message welcoming visitors to his/her state. However, in this case, we might as well have a message from Gary Hilton; both are criminals, both are psychopaths ...
  • by Guy Location: Florida on May 31, 2012 at 05:43 AM
    I like the music idea, but I'm not opposed to recorded messages as well. But not just from the governor--how about from a range of celebrities who call Florida home?
  • by Mitch on May 31, 2012 at 05:39 AM
    I fly in and out of Tampa to go visit my relatives. A message from the Governor is the last thing I want to hear on my vacation! How about some culture instead? I like Betty's idea much better.
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