For the followers of Enterprise Florida (EFI), another scandal at the organization should not come as a surprise. Television station CBS12 in Palm Beach
this week that EFI, the privatized “public-private partnership” responsible for recruiting companies to the state, has spent thousands of dollars on entertaining site selection consultants.
About $21,000 was spent at Yankee Stadium in New York, another $7,100 at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Tex., and $4,400 at Turner Field in Atlanta, Ga. More than half a million more was billed to EFI credit cards for food, hotels and other entertainment. Enterprise Florida
the lavish entertainment bills by saying it “must build and maintain strong relationships with site selection professionals across the country.” It is important to remember, however, that the majority of EFI’s funding comes from the
, so, ultimately, the Florida taxpayers are the ones paying for those lavish expenses.
Just a few months ago, another
revealed that few of the jobs announced by EFI have yet materialized and several of the announced deals actually collapsed.
Integrity Florida, a nonpartisan watch-dog group, sent a
to Governor Rick Scott calling on him to investigate the EFI spending. We join the Integrity Florida call!