Cancelled due to lack of interest: Next Cabinet meeting, Tampa
Gov. Rick Scott's office has cancelled the next scheduled meeting of the Cabinet scheduled for Feb. 4 at the state fairgrounds in Tampa. This was to have been the meeting held every year to mark the opening of the annual state fair, but Scott's office pulled the plug on it because state agencies that report to the governor and Cabinet had no urgent pending business.
"Given that there is no official voting agency business and all agencies have confirmed that they do not plan to submit an agenda, we should cancel the meeting," Scott's Cabinet aide, Kristin Olson, said in an email to Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam's chief Cabinet aide. "We should save the state the cost for Cabinet aides and staff from traveling to Tampa."
The next scheduled Cabinet meeting is March 2 in Tallahassee.
It was at the Tampa meeting last year that Scott and Cabinet members held an extensive discussion over the fallout from the ouster of FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey. "I could have handled it better," Scott said, an admission that soon led to reforms in Cabinet oversight of state agencies.