With Crist, on the road to Rio
The list of passengers traveling with Gov. Charlie Crist on a trade mission to Brazil and Chile in less than two weeks numbers 177, more than four times the size of the group that joined Crist to Israel and Jordan in May. The Enterprise Florida-led trip to Sao Paulo (Nov. 3-8) includes meetings with business and political leaders and a tour of Embraer, the aircraft manufacturer.
The travel roster is heavy with South Florida business leaders, port directors from around Florida and a much bigger traveling press. Media types include WFLA anchor-reporter Keith Cate, Florida Trend publisher Lynda Keever, David Adams of the St. Petersburg Times, reporter Doreen Hemlock and photographer-videographer Carey Wagner from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Jennifer Klarman-Santiago, the Miami TV reporter who attended a Yom Kippur service with Crist last month. (She is listed as representing HDNews, a high definition news channel).
Political names include Orange County Mayor Rich Crotty; lawyer-lobbyist Al Cardenas; Jose "Pepe" Fanjul and former Rep. Gaston Cantens of the sugar giant Florida Crystals; Rep. Juan Zapata, R-Miami; Rep. Julio Robaina, R-South Miami; Rep. Bill Snyder, R-Stuart; and Broward County Mayor Josephus Eggelletion.