Rick Scott ambushed by protestor over US Sugar deal

Posted by Rachel Leigh - email

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL (WFLX) - A candidate for governor is ambushed by a protestor. It all happened as Republican Rick Scott tried to speak out against a U.S. Sugar land deal with South Florida water managers.

"For the sole benefit of one company -- U.S. Sugar. What about the Solantic deal?" said the protestor.

Scott faced a one-man firestorm near West Palm Beach Thursday. The man who confronted the candidate heads a local tea party group, and repeatedly interrupted Scott with questions about some of his business deals.

It was a crazy scene as Scott tried to leave; he later returned to talk to reporters. "This was just an individual that's been a big McCollum supporter out there trying to prevent legitimate conversation," Scott said.

"A legitimate press conference? We haven't endorsed anyone. We're not Republican or Democrat, but we want to know what these papers are," said the protester.

The South Florida Water Management District approved shelling out of nearly $200 million for the 27,000 acres of U.S. Sugar land in an Everglades Restoration project.

It's a fraction of the original deal, and a sign of tough budget times. The water district still has the option to buy more land in the years ahead once the economy and tax revenues come back.

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