“Rick Scott is once again ducking responsibility for a disaster caused by his own negligence and incompetence. The wealthy cronies and donors he appointed to Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Commission failed to protect the town of Eastpoint — but Rick Scott is refusing to take responsibility. Instead, he rushed to the scene of the fire to take a photo-op. Yet again, Floridians are seeing that Rick Scott only ever looks out for himself and his wealthy donors,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp.
By Steve Bousquet | June 28, 2018
- “Thirty-six homes and 800 acres are reduced to charred rubble. Residents of a close-knit, hardscrabble community are left without food and shelter. As they assess their lives in 95-degree heat, all they have are questions.”
- “It’s the result of a raging wildfire Sunday that decimated part of Eastpoint, a fishing village near the Apalachicola River south of Tallahassee renowned for its oysters.”
- “It was a prescribed burn, the burning of hazardous underbrush, by a vendor hired by the state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission that went badly wrong and cost people their homes, pets and worldly possessions.”
- “Who’s accountable?”
- “One place to start is with the seven political appointees on the wildlife commission who hired the vendor. Every one of them is a close friend of Gov. Rick Scott.”
- “The Tampa Bay Times has reported that Scott’s selections for these coveted appointments had no wildlife experience.”
- “In his two campaigns for governor, Scott received more than $25,000 from five board appointees including $13,000 in two checks from Commissioner Robert Spottswood.”
- “‘Accidents happen, but they should own up to it,’ Arlene Thompson of Eastpoint told the Tallahassee Democrat. ‘They’re not going to get away with this.'”
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