Saving his beloved Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida might be at the top of Gov. Rick Scott’s priority list for 2017, but his weeklong, public relations tour might be more politically motivated for 2018 than meets the eye.
On Monday Scott embarked on his “Fighting for Florida Jobs” tour, making stops around Florida to promote the good word of Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida. The governor jetted to South Florida for the third stretch of the pro-Enterprise Florida Tour, stopping in Sunrise and Riviera Beach on Wednesday.
Like other stops where Scott descended upon the districts of lawmakers who have “wronged” him by voting to kill EFI/Visit Florida, Riviera Beach wasn’t an accidental selection. It is a testament to his political savviness. Consider it a precursor to announcing for the race for U.S. Senate, as he is widely rumored to do perhaps as early as later this year.
Scott has visited Riviera Beach at least four times since November. Choosing this Palm Beach County city as a stop — this time or any time — gives him access to a group of people on whom Democrats sorely missed the mark in 2016: African Americans.
According to 2015 census data, African Americans compose 66 percent of Riviera Beach’s 33,000 population. In fact, Riviera Beach is one of the most heavily populated black cities in the country. (Sunshine State News)