DESTIN — Gov. Rick Scott received an enthusiastic greeting from the local tourism industry Friday when he brought his "Fighting For Florida Jobs" cortege to the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village.

As several in the audience at Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer waved signs bearing "Save Tourism" sentiments, Scott did what he’s done all over the state by calling out local lawmakers he claims are working to dismantle Florida's tourism and business marketing agencies.

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Former Destin Mayor and recently elected state Rep. Mel Ponder was among those Scott singled out.

The governor asked those in attendance whether freshman lawmaker Ponder had campaigned on a promise that he’d “vote to do away with Visit Florida or Enterprise Florida?” The answer was a resounding “no.”

Scott also touched another hot-button issue in a military-reliant region by asking the audience if local House members had ever told them “they wouldn’t support the Florida Defense Alliance,” a division of Enterprise Florida. Again the audience replied "no."

Ponder, who was not the event, said later that Scott mischaracterized his actions regarding Visit Florida.

“I voted for the bill that called for accountability and transparency (from the agency),” Ponder said. “Our bill had no funding tied to it.

“I’d never be one to touch Visit Florida’s funding. I’m for them getting as much funding as they need to fulfill their mission," he added.

Ponder added that he met with Visit Florida President and CEO Ken Lawson earlier in the week to outline his position on the tourism agency. Lawson, who was with Scott in Destin and addressed the audience, never mentioned the meeting.

Scott touted Enterprise Florida as the engine that has allowed the state to double the national rate in job growth. He also highlighted in particular the work the Florida Defense Alliance has done to protect the state’s military bases.

Ponder, again in response to the governor’s allegations, confirmed he has some real misgivings about Enterprise Florida.

“After seeing some of the layers of the onion peeled back on Enterprise Florida, I think our state, with the 20th-largest economy in the world ... well, if that’s the best we can do, we’ve missed it,” he said.

Scott warned the crowd at Brotula’s that by even threatening to dismantle Enterprise Florida or Visit Florida, the House is harming the state. His comments were backed by Okaloosa Economic Development Council Executive Director Nathan Sparks.

“The perception is there that we’re closing to business,” Sparks said. “We can’t have that.”

Some people at Brotula's, including Destin business owner Dewey Destin, told Scott they were unaware that local legislators had voted to dismantle Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida. Destin promised he would contact lawmakers to voice his disapproval.

Scott’s visit to support the tourism industry provided a strong statement, according to tourism industry consultant Martin Owen.

“I think it really strikes a note with the people in the industry. To see he supports them is phenomenal,” said Owen.

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