Florida Phoenix by Michael Moline
April 16, 2019
In about five weeks, Gov. Ron DeSantis and the three members of the Florida Cabinet will fly to Israel to promote Florida as a business destination. While there, they’ll hold their regular monthly meeting.
How will they get there?
Where will they stay?
Who’ll be included among the legislators and business people tagging along?
What will it cost taxpayers?
The governor’s office isn’t saying. His aides haven’t responded to the Florida Phoenix’s multiple requests for those details and others. Neither have aides for Cabinet members Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, or Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried. A spokeswoman at Enterprise Florida, which is planning the logistics, gave this reply to our list of questions regarding the trip last week:
“Yes, EFI has coordinated missions with previous Florida governors. Additional details are not available at this time.”
The Phoenix’s reply email seeking clarification went unanswered.
Here’s what we know:
The trip is scheduled for May 25-31 and will include stops in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. It will include the Cabinet meeting at the new U.S. embassy in the disputed capital, according to the administration’s April 9 press release.