Visit Florida execs fired after Pitbull controversy

State lawmaker Richard Corcoran filed a lawsuit to release the details of Visit Florida's contract with singer/rapper Pitbull.

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.


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