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When Florida Cabinet members jetted off to Israel in late May, some state employees who traveled at taxpayer expense stayed in a more than $400-a-night luxury hotel in Jerusalem, where a Cabinet meeting was held.

More than a month after the trade mission ended, the full cost of the trip, proposed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, is not clear.

DeSantis to meet with embattled Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu

May 30, 2019
Jeffrey Schweers / Florida Society of News Editors

JERUSALEM - After yesterday’s historic and controversial Florida Cabinet meeting in a U.S Embassy Annex, Gov. DeSantis started his last day in Israel with a trip to Shaare Zedek Medical Center for a partnership signing ceremony between the University of Miami and Hebrew University.

At a press briefing, DeSantis rated the business mission a success so far, with a historic number of MOUs, Memorandums of Understanding, signed.

DeSantis Convenes Historic Florida Cabinet Meeting In Jerusalem, Signs Anti-Semitism Bill

May 29, 2019
Jeffrey Schweers / Florida Society of News Editors

A long historic day took Gov. Ron DeSantis from the trade shows of Tel Aviv to an industrial park in the disputed Judean Hills of the West Bank to the cradle of Judaism and Christianity for a ceremonial meeting of the Florida Cabinet.

At every stop along the way, he worked to further polish his bona fides as the most pro-Israel U.S. governor by pushing a conservative agenda that promotes open trade, condemns boycotts and criticism of Israel, and outlaws anti-Semitism in schools.

Trip Builds To Cabinet Climax After Day Of Legal Wrangling

May 28, 2019

TEL AVIV – A marathon Tuesday of partnership signings was followed by a victory lap at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Tel Aviv with the anticipation of a celebratory Cabinet meeting at the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem today.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, leader of a trade mission of nearly 100 people to Israel this week, was greeted at a networking reception as a conquering hero by U.S. Ambassador David Friedman, who said “Israel has no greater friend in all the 50 governor’s mansions than Ron DeSantis.”

Space And Water Take Center Stage On Day 3 Of Governor's Trade Trip To Israel

May 28, 2019
jeffrey Schweers / Pool / Florida Society of News Editors

JAFFA, ISRAEL – Tuesday’s agenda for the trade mission to Israel being led by Gov. Ron DeSantis is long and all about the business of space, security and protecting the state's water resources.

First up was a trip through the old town of Joppa to the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation, founded by late president Shimon Peres in 1996.

Drones, Drips And Dems: Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried Takes Her Own Path In Israel

May 28, 2019
Jeffrey Schweers / Pool / Florida Society of News Editors

TEL AVIV – Agricultural Commissioner Nikki Fried – the state’s highest ranked Democrat and first Jewish woman on the Cabinet – arrived in Israel several days ahead of Gov. Ron DeSantis and his entourage of nearly 100 legislators, lobbyists, business people and academics.

She wanted to conduct her own fact-finding mission to see what she could learn that could benefit Florida farmers. She said Israel is basically situated in a desert but has been able to create “survivorship” by emphasizing agricultural technology.


The Florida Cabinet is planning to hold its next meeting in Israel next month.


Gov. Ron DeSantis said the trip’s main purpose is to promote investment in the state.

Scott Points To 'Breadth Of Knowledge' In Patronis Pick

Jun 26, 2017
Robert Cooper / AP

Florida's next chief financial officer will be one of Gov. Rick Scott's original political allies.

Scott on Monday turned to former state Rep. Jimmy Patronis, 45, to complete the term of Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, who will leave the elected Cabinet office Friday for a job at Florida Atlantic University.

Scott said he wanted someone who could “step in and do a really good job.”

“He's got a breadth of knowledge about a lot of things,” Scott said during an appearance at Patronis' family-owned Capt. Anderson's Restaurant in Panama City.

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Watchdog groups want an outside investigation into the apparent ousting of well respected Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey, and now a private citizen is asking the FBI to investigate claims that Gov. Rick Scott tried to meddle in the affairs of the state’s top law enforcement agency.