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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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Gov. Scott: record numbers of tourists vindicate Visit Florida’s mission

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Despite two hurricanes hitting the state, federal officials warning away pregnant women from Miami due to the Zika virus, and international coverage of the Pulse massacre this summer, Florida is doing better than ever when it comes to tourism. And in the context of an upcoming showdown with House Speaker Richard Corcoran over the necessity of Visit Florida — which has seen its budget nearly triple in the time Scott has been in office — the results driven by destination marketing dollars…

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