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Gov. Rick Scott remains on post-Isaac duty in Keys



While Isaac's brush with Tampa is fast becoming a distant memory, Gov. Rick Scott remained in post-storm mode Wednesday, far from the Republican National Convention. A spokesman said Scott has not ruled out a visit to the RNC before it ends Thursday night.

The host state governor cancelled all of his RNC events and a prime-time speech because of the threat of Isaac. His schedule Wednesday included a stop at the Palm Beach County Emergency Operations Center, the Ernest Hemingway Museum and Mallory Square in Key West, and the state's southernmost point, the iconic buoy marker that's a popular photo backdrop spot for tourists. (An entry on Scott's schedule says: "Interact with Southernmost Point visitors").  

First Lady Ann Scott, who like the governor was a Florida delegate to the RNC, is staying at the couple's home in Naples, the governor's office said.

Scott's communications director, Brian Burgess, who also is in the Keys, said Scott feels it's important to visit areas where Isaac caused damage -- Key West on Wednesday and the western Panhandle on Thursday. With the Labor Day weekend approaching, Burgess said Scott wants to reinforce the pro-tourism message that Florida is "open for business." The Pensacola News Journal website said at noon Wednesday that the region was "getting back to business in storm's wake." The state emergency operations center scaled back to a Level 2 status for partial activation and an emergency phone line was to be deactivated at 8 p.m. Wednesday. 

Scott planned to fly back to Tallahassee Wednesday night. Asked if he'll visit the convention on its last day Thursday, Burgess said: "He hasn't ruled it out... That hasn't been decided." Burgess said Scott has been too busy at night speaking with emergency managers to watch TV coverage of the convention.


[Last modified: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 4:30pm]


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