QUESTIONS FOR SCOTT
Scott spent 12 minutes talking to the media after his tour of the St. Lucie Lock and Dam on Tuesday. About five minutes of that session was spent answering reporters' questions.
Here is a look at how he answered the questions Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers sent him in advance Monday. Scripps and its WPTV news partner asked him the questions Tuesday.
Q: The state previously has sued the Army Corps of Engineers, and last week you announced a lawsuit against Georgia over Apalachicola Bay water issues. Why not consider legal action over the Lake Okeechobee releases, like suing the Army Corps for violating the federal Clean Water Act?
A: Right now, the federal government needs to stand up and do their job. What they need to do right now is fund the project, fund the Corps, the Corps will do their job if they have the money. WHY HASN'T THE STATE DONE ITS JOB: FUNDED POLLUTION CONTROL AND HOLD THE POLLUTERS ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR DESTRUCTION? THE LATTER MEASURE IS IN THE FLORIDA CONSTITUTION AND HAS BEEN IGNORED BY HE LEGISLATURE FOR YEARS.
Q: You previously said this is an issue up to federal decision makers, but now you're here visiting and offering suggestions. What changed?
Scott did not allow time for reporters to ask this question. He did answer a different, but somewhat related one below. GOV. RICK SCOTT, CHAMPION OF STATES' RIGHTS, NOW BLAMES THE FEDERAL GOVT? FOR MANY YEARS THAT THE STATE OF FLORIDA, THROUGH ITS OWN INTIMIDATION TACTICS, HAS DETERMINED THE COURSE OF EVENTS FOR THE US ARMY CORPS ON LAKE OKEECHOBEE ISSUES. NOW IT'S THE FEDS FAULT? IT'S THE LAKE O SHIT SHOW.
Q: You cannot help but hear the angry voices outside. They say it took months for you to show up here. Today the optics are really bad. You go behind a barbed wire fence, have not sat and listened the people out there and their voices. We're in a cramped media room. Are you now going to go spend time to listen the voices of the people you represent? JUST LISTEN TO GOV. SCOTT'S RESPONSE.
A: Gosh. Ive been governor now for a little over two years, two and a half years. I focused on water issues the entire time. I have great partners here that are focused on water issues in the state. What we did with the Everglades was historic. The funding we have for the Everglades is historic. The relationship we built by working with the Army Corps of Engineers, (Department of) Justice, (Environmental Protection Agency), (Department of) Interior, the environmentalists and the agriculture community is historic. I'm going to continue to do that. I've been working on this project since the problem started and I'm going to continue to work on it. THERE IS NO HISTORIC PARTNERSHIP. GOV. SCOTT'S "PARTNERSHIP" WAS FORCED AT THE POINT OF SUCCESSFUL FEDERAL LITIGATION BY A SMALL ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP, FRIENDS OF THE EVERGLADES, AND THE MICCOSUCKEE TRIBE. WE HAVE OFFERED INSTANT REBUTTAL TO THE SUGAR INDUSTRY'S BLATANTLY FALSE PUBLIC RELATION CAMPAIGN OFFERING THAT THE LAST LEGISLATIVE SESSION INVOLVED A "HISTORIC PARTNERSHIP" WITH ENVIRONMENTALISTS. (EYE ON MIAMI CO-BLOGGER, ALAN FARAGO, IS PRESIDENT OF FRIENDS OF THE EVERGLADES.)
I've worked very hard to ensure we get the right thing to happen. Today, we're announcing that we're going to make sure there's another $40 million in this budget to deal with this issue as quickly as we can.
Q: What is the best short-term solution to improve the quality of the Indian River Lagoon water?
A: Here's what the water management district is doing already. They're looking at where they can look with landowners to store water. They're doing that as quickly as they can. GOV. SCOTT'S BILLIONAIRE BIG SUGAR FRIENDS HAVE DELAYED FOR DECADES THE CAPACITY TO "STORE WATER" IN QUANTITIES SUFFICIENT TO PREVENT THE ST. LUCIE AND CALOOSAHATCHEE FROM TURNING INTO SEWERS. IF GOV. SCOTT REALLY BELIEVES HIS ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN ON TOP OF THIS PROBLEM, HE IS DELUSIONAL.
On top of that, there is going to be some hearings next week that Sen. Negron is holding to look at any other options we have. But today, what we're going to do, is make sure we have the funding for C-44, the storm treatment area, to make sure that we have that and we get that finished in the next 18 months. IT'S THE LAKE O SHIT SHOW.
Q: The state has an option to buy 107,000 acres of U.S. Sugar land to make way for a flow-way south. Will you commit to purchasing any of it? Or do you think it could have a negative impact on Florida's economy to buy the land?
A: I'm going to continue to work with the water management districts to make sure that we spend the money as wise as we can. We want to make sure that Florida taxpayers' money is spent in a manner that's going to make sure that we deal with the water issues the right way. We don't have unlimited dollars, and we're going to make sure we're going to spend the money the right way. GOV. SCOTT FAILS TO ANSWER THE QUESTION, BECAUSE HE OPPOSED THE SINGLE MEASURE THAT COULD HAVE RELIEVED PROPERTY OWNERS AFFECTED BY THE LAKE O SHIT SHOW: MOST OF WHOM ARE REPUBICAN!
Q: Like many Florida politicians, you have accepted substantial campaign money from sugar industry interests. Would you commit to decline future sugar donations? If not, how would you argue you are taking an objective look at this issue?
A: Look, what I'm focused on is today, we're gonna make sure we do the right thing for this community. We're going to put the additional $40 million in to deal with the storm treatment area. Today, every one of us needs to call the federal government and say, 'do your job. Fund these projects. Allow the Corps of Engineers the funding so they can do the right thing.' GREAT QUESTION. HORRIBLE ANSWER, BUT AN ANSWER CONSISTENT WITH THE IMPACT OF BILLIONAIRE RADICALS ON THE NATURAL RESOURCES THAT ONCE MADE FLORIDA UNIQUE.
SUGAR DESTROYS THE EVERGLADES, DESTROYS PUBLIC HEALTH, AND DESTROYS DEMOCRACY.
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Here are the five questions Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers sent the governor in advance Monday and asked him Tuesday:
Question 1: The state previously has sued the Army Corps of Engineers, and last week you announced a lawsuit against Georgia over Apalachicola Bay water issues. Why not consider legal action over the Lake Okeechobee releases, like suing the Army Corps for violating the federal Clean Water Act?
Question 2: You previously said this is an issue up to federal decision makers, but now you're here visiting and offering suggestions. What changed?
Question 3: What is the best short-term solution to improve the quality of the Indian River Lagoon water?
Question 4: The state has an option to buy 107,000 acres of U.S. Sugar land to make way for a flow-way south. Will you commit to purchasing any of it? Or do you think it could have a negative impact on Florida's economy to buy the land?
Question 5: Like many Florida politicians, you have accepted substantial campaign money from sugar industry interests. Would you commit to decline future sugar donations? If not, how would you argue you are taking an objective look at this issue?
Staff writer Jonathan Mattise contributed to this report.
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