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Scott Grateful For Latest Endorsement, Asks Hospitality Industry’s Help In Re-election Bid


The main group that helps represent and promote Florida’s biggest money-making industry is the latest to endorse Governor Rick Scott.

The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association made the announcement at the group’s summit Wednesday in Tampa. And, Governor Scott says he couldn’t be happier.

“Very appreciative of y’all’s endorsement. I’m going to continue to work every day to…hopefully this year, we’ll have 100 million tourists, and next year, we’ll keep growing every year over the next four and half years,” said Scott.

And, he adds he needs their help to succeed in his re-election bid.

“I think most people get elected tell you to send checks, and that’s clearly important, but probably the most important thing is let everyone know that year round—let your employees know, let your customers know, let everybody know—that this election will have a consequence on the future of our state, it’s going to have an impact on tourism, it’s going to have an impact on where we go…,” he added.

In a statement, the FRLA said it endorsed Scott because he understands the importance the tourism and hospitality industry has on Florida’s economy, adding that Scott secured about $75 million for VISIT FLORIDA, the state’s tourism arm.

Florida’s $76.1 billion hospitality industry—which is about a fourth of Florida’s economy—is the number one industry in the state.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.