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Cabinet heads to Panama City next week on anniversary of BP oil spill



Cabinet members have moved their Tuesday meeting to Panama City, marking the eve of the BP oil spill's one-year anniversary.

Gov. Rick Scott, hammered this week by critics who want him to take tough legal action against BP, will extend his visit through Wednesday to talk to Panhandle residents about their recovery and remaining problems.

"The governor wants to have the Cabinet meeting in Panama City to showcase the region and show that Florida’s beaches are beautiful, the seafood is great and encourage people from all over the world to visit the Sunshine State," said Scott spokeswoman Amy Graham.

Details of his two-day tour have not been finalized, she said.

Cabinet members Attorney General Pam Bondi, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam are lso planning oil spill-related events.

The Cabinet agenda is light on official business.

Members will honor Mike Jones, the security officer credited with saving Bay District School Board members' lives when a gunman stormed into their meeting. Jones shot the gunman, Clay Duke, several times after he opened fire on the superintendent and members. No one died except Duke, who shot himself in the head after Jones shot him. 

The meeting will be at 1 p.m. at the Bay County Government Center, 840 W. 11th St.

[Last modified: Thursday, April 14, 2011 1:59pm]


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