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Rick Scott on hurricane duty

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No rest for Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday, as his daily agenda shows a schedule packed with planning items in advance of Hurricane Irma‘s track toward the state.

At 7:30 a.m., the governor had a weather briefing with Division of Emergency Management Director Bryan Koon. An hour later, he was set for a call with county sheriffs on hurricane planning.

At 9, there was a call with local chiefs of police, and another at 9:30 with county school superintendents.

Looking ahead, another call is set for 10:20 a.m. with Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long.

At 10:30, the jobs governor will make an appearance at Naples’ Pyure Organic, an independent stevia sweetener compan, to “highlight its new facility and job growth.” That’s followed by another weather briefing at 11:15 a.m.

Then Scott high-tails it to Tampa to “announce new jobs at Cognizant Technology Solutions” at 2:15 p.m.

At 5:15, he’ll get yet another weather briefing at the State Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee.

Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera also gets into the act today, with weather briefings at 7:30 and 11:15 a.m., and again at 5:15 p.m., his schedule shows.

Updated 10:30 a.m.: Scott’s schedule was revised to add a 7:55 a.m. call with South Florida Water Management District Chairman Dan O’Keefe, an 8:05 a.m. call with Army Corps of Engineers district commander Col. Jason Kirk, and an 8:20 a.m. call with the Navy’s southeast region commander, Rear Adm. Babette Bolivar.

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Before joining Florida Politics, journalist and attorney James Rosica was state government reporter for The Tampa Tribune. He attended journalism school in Washington, D.C., working at dailies and weekly papers in Philadelphia after graduation. Rosica joined the Tallahassee Democrat in 1997, later moving to the courts beat, where he reported on the 2000 presidential recount. In 2005, Rosica left journalism to attend law school in Philadelphia, afterwards working part time for a public-interest law firm. Returning to writing, he covered three legislative sessions in Tallahassee for The Associated Press, before joining the Tribune’s re-opened Tallahassee bureau in 2013. He can be reached at jim@floridapolitics.com.

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