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Rick Scott says Visit Florida firings are holding people accountable

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Florida’s beleaguered tourism promoter has fired two of its top executives in the wake of revelations and criticism of a $1 million contract with Miami rapper Pitbull, an action that Gov. Rick Scott said was a matter of holding people accountable. Scott confirmed Friday morning in Eatonville that Visit Florida’s President Will Seccombe has fired Chief Operating Officer Vangie McCorvey and Chief Marketing Officer Paul Phipps. And then the governor called on Seccombe to resign, and Visit Florida Board Chairman William Talbert III to reform…

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Florida re-ups tourism deal with London ballers

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VISIT FLORIDA, the state’s tourism agency, says it’s continuing a sponsorship deal with a London soccer—er, football—team. The partnership with Fulham Football Club is entering its second year, according to an email sent Wednesday by Paul Phipps, the agency’s chief marketing officer. What’s the Florida connection? The club is owned by Shahid Khan, who also owns the Jacksonville Jaguars. “With the United Kingdom as one of Florida’s top overseas markets, the opportunity to engage with fans around two passions – travel and football – is…

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