VISIT FLORIDA, the state's tourism agency, has fired the two executives that initially denied 10Investigates details of a taxpayer-funded endorsement deal with rapper Pitbull.
CEO Will Seccombe later submitted his resignation at the request of Governor Rick Scott.
When 10Investigates first reported on the secret deal, which Pitbull revealed this week to be worth $1 million, Chief Operating Officer Vangie McCorvey redacted nearly every detail from the public document, claiming the need to protect "trade secrets." Chief Marketing Officer Paul Phipps then defended the spend as a "great deal" for taxpayers.
But after 14 months of questions over transparency and a lawsuit from Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, VISIT FLORIDA has fired both McCorvey and Phipps.
"Our job is to decide if Visit Florida should exist and if so how much should it be funded. (1/2)— Richard Corcoran (@richardcorcoran) December 16, 2016
We're not engaged in their hiring and firing decisions." Statement on the actions at @VISITFLORIDA today (2/2)— Richard Corcoran (@richardcorcoran) December 16, 2016