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.