THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
Protection for Gov. Rick Scott, First Lady Ann Scott, other officials and the governor’s mansion cost the state about $2.9 million, according to an annual report from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
The report covers fiscal year July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015. The largest parts of the costs were for salaries and overtime. The cost of security and transportation for the first family was just under $2.37 million, while 97 details for governors and governors-elect from 35 states, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, along with Attorney General Pam Bondi, the Republican Governors Association and former President George W. Bush, came in at $530,330.
A number of the details covered out-of-state governors campaigning for Scott such as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s October appearances in Boca Raton and Plantation – $2,026.16 – and in St. Lucie and Indian River counties – $460.58. The biggest expense went to a May 22 to July 2 detail involving Bondi that was $216,240.
Another $95,290 was needed to cover expenses involving the Republican Governors Association’s annual conference last November in Boca Raton. The security for Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush on Feb. 27 was $504,15.