Scott questions Citizens' trips abroad

TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- On Tuesday, Governor Rick Scott called on Citizens Property Insurance to explain expensive trips overseas on taxpayers' dimes.

Scott requested CEO Barry Gilway to halt all international travel. Yet, he still approved a trip to Bermuda for the company's board chairman.

Chairman Chris Gardner stayed at a $425-a-day resort. But, the policy for hotel stays is a $373-a-day cap. After it became public, Gardner paid the difference.

The cabinet called on the CEO to attend their Tuesday meeting. They asked why all the trips are necessary and why they've spent nearly $50,000 in international travel all together.

"Especially when you have international travel, you know people question it and because of the past, it's easy to question Citizens, right?" Governor Scott asked.

"We have made incredible progress to Citizens relative to our control of expenses. We've implemented new policies, new controls," Gilway responded.

Gilway claims international travel is necessary to conduct business and that the results of the trips save taxpayers millions of dollars.


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