No shame: Rick Scott marks beginning of bike-trail project he originally vetoed

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Gov. Rick Scott led an event today marking the beginning of a $3.6 million bike and pedestrian trail in Titusville that the governor originally vetoed.

The project is one that will extend the Coast-to-Coast Connector, which will continue 275 miles from St. Petersburg to Titusville writes Scott Gunnerson for FloridaToday.com.

Scott vetoed the $50 million needed to complete the 72-mile section of the Connector in June, Gunnerson reports, insisting that the Florida Department of Transportation use money already budgeted. The governor said the existing budget had sufficient funds for projects that will attract tourists to the state.

“We are a state people want to come to, they want to come here to get outdoors,” Scott told attendees of the event Tuesday morning. “As we add more bike trails, more connectors, it means we are going to have more tourists.”

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