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CFO Sink: $25 Million Tourism Grant from BP a Good Step

5/17/2010

CONTACT: Jerri Franz, 850-413-2842
 
TALLAHASSEE – Florida CFO Alex Sink today called BP’s decision to award a $25 million tourism grant for Florida a good step as our state continues to face economic hardship from the oil spill. Over a week ago, CFO Sink met with a BP executive and asked that the company fund a global tourism campaign so potential visitors understand that the state is open for business, and she reiterated her call with a formal letter to BP America President Lamar McKay last Monday.
 
“Our tourism industry is the very lifeline of our state, and cancellations are devastating to our small businesses, coastal communities and the state’s economy,” said CFO Sink. “We have to get the message out that Florida’s beaches are beautiful, our seafood is safe, the fishing is still excellent and visitors can get the latest information about their favorite Florida vacation destination by visiting www.VISITFlorida.com.”
 
Also today, CFO Sink reaffirmed her opposition to near-shore drilling and again called on Governor Charlie Crist to reconvene the Legislature for a special session to consider a constitutional amendment that would ban drilling off of Florida’s beaches.
 
On Friday, CFO Sink joined South Florida Water Management District officials for an aerial tour of Florida’s Everglades and the important restoration work in progress. With the news today that some oil sheen is entering the Gulf's powerful loop current, a growing list of Florida coastal communities are likely to feel the impact of potential Florida visitors concerned about what to expect.  Current conditions predict that the oil, in some form, will make its way through the area and into the Atlantic within the next 10 days.
 
“Seeing the incredible beauty of the Keys and Everglades from the air was a stark reminder of what’s really at stake in the oil drilling debate,” said CFO Sink. “Having seen the horrible mess in the Gulf waters from the oil spill just strengthens my concerns for what could happen to this unique national park. The people of Florida should have their say about protecting our environmental treasures,” said CFO Sink.
 
CFO Sink has been actively standing up for Florida’s small businesses and coastal communities since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on April 20. For more information, visit:  http://www.myfloridacfo.com/OilSpill
 
As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, CFO Alex Sink oversees the Department of Financial Services.  A successful business leader with nearly three decades of experience in the private sector, Sink is serving her first term as Florida's CFO.  CFO Sink's priorities include using her business experience to cut wasteful spending, holding government accountable to Florida's taxpayers, and cracking down on financial and insurance fraud.