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.