Gov. Rick Scott Heading to Spain

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- May 19, 2012

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is heading to Spain for a four-day trip where he will tout the Sunshine State as a good place to do business.

Scott leaves Sunday for Madrid with a group of more than 60 people that includes First Lady Ann Scott, Senate President Mike Haridopolos, Secretary of State Ken Detzner as well as executives from Florida Power & Light and Florida Crystals Corporation.

The visit comes at a time when Spain is grappling with serious economic problems including a recent slide back into recession.

But state economic development officials insist this is a good time to reach out to Spanish businesses that may be looking to move money somewhere else.

This is Scott's fifth trip abroad to promote Florida since he became governor in January 2011.


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  • by Veronica Location: Central Florida on May 24, 2012 at 04:19 AM
    Rick Scott with King Juan Carlos...making us look bad http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvrnnPi_h7c&feature=related
  • by Nervione Location: spain on May 23, 2012 at 10:10 PM
    Couldn't Gov. Scott's advisors have mentioned to the governor that the King of Spain (or any other monarch / head of state) should be treated with respect and not be showered with inappropriate questions and comments regarding his ill-fated safari to Botswana ? This was an official government event, not a back-slapping meeting at a Saturday barbecue! This is the second time a Fla. guv has acted foolishly in a short time span. Remember Gov. Bush's gaffe when he referred to the Spanish nation as "the great Republic of Spain" ? Not the best way to represent the sunshine state....
  • by anonymous on May 22, 2012 at 06:07 AM
    Was Bill Cotterell on De Plane, De Plane?!
  • by Kay on May 21, 2012 at 06:25 AM
    State employees have to jump through all kind of hoops just to be able to travel for work. Can he really say this is "mission critical"? Also, why does it take 60 people? Will the expenses/costs be shown on the website "Florida Has A Right to Know"??? Can all 60 people fit on his "private" plane? Will they each have to pay their own way? Inquiring minds would like to know!!!!! What a joke for a governor! Am quite sure the rest of the country is laughing about this!
  • by Marc on May 21, 2012 at 06:17 AM
    Sounds like nothing more than a vacation at OUR expense.
  • by God Bless America on May 21, 2012 at 05:47 AM
    That's better than China or India!! GO SCOTT!!
  • by what doesspain have anyway? Location: ga on May 20, 2012 at 09:01 PM
    i am from georgia and i am laughing at this. why do they need 60 people? this is going to cost a million or two. how do these people think they can get away with this?
  • by McNamara on May 20, 2012 at 05:43 PM
    This is the same governor who didn't know what MyFlorida Marketplace was when asked at an economic conference. It's the one and only avenue for vendors to do business with the state and he didn't know what it was. He's never even visited his own state's website and now he wants to visit Spain?
  • by 62nitro Location: Tallahassee on May 20, 2012 at 05:41 PM
    I wonder how many of you folks spewing this hateful retoric are actually milking the system yourselves. From what I can see, Gov Scott sees an opportunity to bring some much needed business to Fla from a failing economy. He is a business man, and he knows that other business owners in Spain might jump at the chance to bring their business's to America if they are given incentives, like tax breaks and fewer regulations. Capitalism at it's finest. If you have that government teat in your mouth, I wouldn't expect you to understand. Just move out of the way and let a capitalist business man show you how to bring down unemployment here, just like he has every year since he's been in office, despite your best efforts to stop him.
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      by Nah... on May 21, 2012 at 03:55 AM in reply to 62nitro
      He's one of those that believe it's okay to "rob Peter to" fill his own pockets.
  • by vacation... on May 20, 2012 at 11:28 AM
    Something for his memory book, along with his one term governorship.
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