Rick Scott is Skipping His Own Campaign Stops to Avoid Protesters

From Tampa Bay Times’ Steve Bousquet, 09/09/2018:

Gov. Rick Scott invited supporters to a doughnut shop in the Florida Panhandle Sunday, and was a surprise no-show after about a dozen people showed up to protest his signing of a controversial beach access law.

It happened on the first day of a 10-day bus tour across the state that Scott calls his “Make Washington Work Bus Tour.”

… Scott planned to visit The Donut Hole in U.S. 98 in Santa Rosa Beach.

But after the Times/Herald reported on the event, which Scott’s campaign confirmed, Democrats cobbled together a small show of opposition against HB 631, a law that requires Walton County to take new steps to safeguard public access to beaches, including suing private landowners.

Scott’s campaign did not respond to questions about why he suddenly changed his schedule.

“I can’t believe Rick Scott is scared of a bunch of little old ladies in tennis shoes,” said Lynn Nesmith, a local architecture writer who held a hand-lettered “Repeal HB 631” placard. “We’re here because we love our beaches.”

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