Make us your home page

The Buzz

From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

It's better in the Bahamas, with Charlie




That kick-back mini-vacation in the Bahamas with Gov. Charlie Crist last weekend is still not something the governor's office or the Republican Party (which paid Crist's expenses) want to talk about. There are limits to all this transparency, you know.

The Buzz has learned that the event, which included two dinners and some fishing, was a sun-baked thank you to some of the biggest fund-raisers for the pro-property tax amendment campaign.

Attendees, who paid their own way, included John Sebree of the Florida Association of Realtors; Randy Perkins of Ashbritt, a nationwide engineering and trash-removal firm; power company manager Richard Paul-Hus; Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer; Sarasota chiropractor Gary Kompothecras; lawyer-lobbyist Brian Ballard; Slater Bayliss of the Tew Cardenas law firm; and Harry Sargeant, a Boca Raton business executive and FSU fraternity brother of Crist's. One who was there said it was "a nice weekend to not have to talk about taxes."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:16pm]


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours