Scott has been a big fan of Visit Florida, the public-private promotions agency that is drawing almost $80 million in taxpayer money, up 169 percent since 2009.
Corcoran, R-Land O’Lakes, killed Scott’s pitch for $250 million in business incentives last year and still opposes the state offering such handouts to companies. Now, he’s set his sights on Visit Florida as another agency poised for trimming.
Scott on Monday spoke to Associated Industries of Florida, touting the state’s tourism numbers. Afterwards, Scott told reporters he was still optimistic that Visit Florida money would be maintained.
“I’m comfortable the Legislature is going to continue to be supportive of Visit Florida,” Scott said. “Let’s look at the numbers. We have increased funding for Visit Florida since I’ve been elected. And look what’s happened: tourism has skyrocketed.”
Scott said Florida was drawing 82 million tourists annually before he took office in 2011. This year, he’s hoping that figure tops 110 million visitors.
“You’ve got to market yourself,” Scott said.