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A weekend of quail hunting for Gov. Scott and the First Lady



Gov. Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott will represent the state of Florida at Monday night's college football championship game between FSU and Auburn in Pasadena, California.

But before they head west, the Scotts will do some quail hunting, while also raising money for the governor's re-election campaign.

Donors with deep pockets (and hopefully wool jackets) are being asked to contribute at least $15,000 to Scott's Let's Get to Work committee, and in return they get to attend a private dinner with the Scotts Friday at Honey Lake Plantation, an elegant and private preserve in Greenville, about 50 miles east of Tallahassee.

Better bring a wool cap and gloves, Governor. The quail hunt starts at 7 a.m. Saturday, when temperatures in the woods of North Florida are expected to be in the low 30s.

Scott's last campaign fund-raising event that was wildlife-related didn't go quite so well, when his campaign abruptly cancelled a planned live gator hunt in New Smyrna Beach in October for donors willing to cough up $25,000.

The Scotts know Honey Lake Plantation's owner, entrepreneur Bob Williamson, who made a fortune in the software industry after a wild young life that included prison time that he chronicles in his autobiography, Miracle on Luckie Street.

Williamson spoke about his life story last spring at a Capitol prayer breakfast that was attended by Scott and legislative leaders. Williamson's daily online inspirational messages, which often reflect his strong conservative political views, have a loyal following.

[Last modified: Friday, January 3, 2014 3:34pm]


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