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Governor campaigns in Bradenton Beach

By Laurie Hayes, Islander Reporter

Gov. Rick Scott, left, visits with Jana Espy and husband Bill Espy of Bradenton at their table on the outdoor deck at the BeacHhouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Scott stopped at the restaurant for lunch on his motorcoach tour for his campaign for another four-year term in office. Scott will be on the Nov. 4 ballot with democratic opponent and former governor Charlie Christ. Islander Photo: Laurie Hayes

Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon, second from left, and his partner Tjet Martin welcome Gov. Rick Scott, R, to Anna Maria Island. Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti looks on.. Islander Photos: Laurie Hayes

Gov. Rick Scott steps off his campaign motorcoach at the BeacHhouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.

BeacHhouse staff members Sarah Baeder and Reema Khadre, both of Bradenton, welcome Gov. Rick Scott to the restaurant.

BeacHhouse manager Mike Shannon greets Gov. Rick Scott on arrival in Bradenton Beach.

Visiting Anna Maria Island from Miami for a wedding, Lauren Salomon takes a quick selfie with Gov. Rick Scott at the BeacHhouse Restaurant.

Florida’s governor made his first visit to Anna Maria Island a busman’s holiday of sorts.

Republican Gov. Rick Scott joined those flocking Sept. 1 to the beaches for the Labor Day weekend as he kicked off a two-week motorcoach campaign tour that included a stop in Bradenton Beach.

Scott was greeted at the BeacHhouse Restaurant by Mayor Bill Shearon and an entourage, including Attorney General Pam Bondi and local officials.

Among local dignitaries on hand to greet the governor were Manatee County Commissioners John Chappie of Bradenton Beach and Carol Whitmore of Holmes Beach.

Scott’s tour was to promote his plan to reduce taxes on families and small businesses by $1 billion if he’s re-elected to another four-year term, but he said his stop at the BeacHhouse was for a grouper sandwich.

Scott noted he was a friend of the late Gov. Lawton Chiles. The restaurant is owned by Ed Chiles, son of the late governor, who was not present, but Scott spent more than an hour meeting guests of the restaurant and the officials who came to greet him.

One Response to Governor campaigns in Bradenton Beach

  1. OrlandoChris says:

    Why vote between 2 known liars? Florida, we are fortunate enough not to
    be stuck picking one liar or the other this time. We actually have an
    alternative. Take advantage of the opportunity. Adrian Wyllie deserves
    my vote. He is a honest average Floridian just as you and I , that is
    willing to stand up and do something for the interest of all of us here
    in Florida. The other candidates both Republican and Democrat are owned
    and controlled by special interest, like puppets and will lie to your
    face to gain your vote, then continue the same old agenda that we
    complain about year after year. Time to get off this merry-go-round,
    election after election, thinking it will be any different. Take a
    stand, vote for the candidate that loves this state and is willing to
    take time out of his life, effort and money to SERVE the people of
    Florida and stop voting for these ‘paid for’ career politicians that are
    only out for money and fame and have zero interest in us Floridians.
    Even if it’s just for honesty alone, vote for Adrian Wyllie instead of
    the other two (Scott/Crist) which are proven liars. The choice is yours
    and yours alone, if you want the same old corruption and slap in the
    face, go ahead and vote for one of the two puppets (Scott/Crist) OR do
    what is right for our (yours and your children’s) future and vote for
    Adrian Wyllie. Support him by donating to his campaign, spreading the
    word and contribute to the super brochure program which I think is very

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