Gov. Rick Scott's downtown Panama City spending spree
Gov. Rick Scott perused several downtown stores in Panama City on Tuesday after stopping by a shipyard, all part of his two-day tour to show the Panhandle is all right a year after the oil spill.
Good thing he brought his wallet. The governor made a few purchases.
The first: a present for his wife. We told you about his 39th wedding anniversary with Ann, which coincides with the Deepwater Horizon explosion. While visiting furniture store Avenue Sea, Scott purchased a $210 art glass vas for her.
Scott proceeded to the next stop, a cupcake shop called Sugar Crave. Scott called the goodies "doughnuts" several times by mistake, a shout-out to his early days in the doughnut industry. Scott walked away with a $3.76 "Death by Chocolate" cupcake -- to go.
Scott walked through downtown with Panama City Mayor Scott Clemons, followed by several reporters, governor's office staffers and local tourism officials. He paused a few times: He asked a cop on a segway if he had ever fallen off of his vehicle. He explored the office of Rep. Jimmy Patronis. He held a baby girl in a monogramming store called That's Too Cute.
It wasn't long before he was talking guns and alligator hunting with Ronnie Groom, owner of C&G Sporting Goods. The shop was filled with stuffed and mounted trophy animals, including bobcats, an Alaskan bear, elk and hogs. Groom showed Scott two revolvers, a Bodyguard 38 Special and Taurus Public Defender. Scott did not buy those.
He did purchase a $17.50 fishing license and a hat ahead of the Cabinet fishing competition Tuesday afternoon.
Scott met up with local officials, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and Attorney General Pam Bondi at Captain's Table for a big seafood lunch of raw oysters, hush puppies and fish.