Tallahassee, FL - As Governor Rick Scott boarded his private jet, two state planes sat in the state hanger a quarter mile away.
Use of the planes was the focus of several campaign ads and helped Scott win the GOP primary, and he made this promise. : “I will sell the state planes” he said in the spots.
As one of his first official acts, Scott ordered the planes sold. A bid is due February 9th.
Asked about the sale before he boarded his jet, Scott told reporters “In the campaign, I said I was going to sell the state plane. It’s a campaign promise I made and I’m going to live up to them”.
As a follow up, he was asked “Are you going to charge the state for any of the overhead, or are you going to pay for it out of your own pocket?” to which the Governor responded “I’m going to pay for it out of my own pocket.”
The planes are being advertised “as is” and a 10% deposit will be forfeited if the winning bidder doesn’t close on the deal. Right now the state spends about two and a half million dollars per year flying and maintaining these planes.
The 2003 Cessna Bravo has a price range between two and a quarter million to three million in online listings. The 2000 King Air has a listed value between one million and a half and three million.
As for other state officials who have use of the planes Scott say “They can drive or fly, commercially.” But air service in and out of Tallahassee is spotty at best.
At 9am on the morning Rick Scott took office, the 11 employees who work in the state air pool were told their jobs were ending on January 31st.
The plane Scott is flying is registered to a company named Columbia Collier Properties LLC, of which Scott is the only member who appears on paperwork filed with the state. The plane’s tail number contains the initials “RS”.