From WTSP, 11/02/2011:
Florida Governor Rick Scott is asked about the St. Petersburg Times changing its name to the Tampa Bay Times. His reaction: “That’s interesting. … Does the region call itself the Tampa Bay region?”
Steve Bousquet, the Tallahassee Bureau Chief for the St. Petersburg Times, tells 10 News he and others were surprised by Scott’s answer.
“No he was not joking. He seemed to be a little bit unfamiliar with the term,” Bousquet said.
“(Scott) moved to Naples in June of 2003 and had lived in the state just long enough to qualify to make the qualification to get on the ballot to run for governor.” [said Bousquet]