Governor Rick Scott is appointing a new port board member, all while expressing concerns of "wasteful spending" amongst port executives.
In a statement, the governor says he's reminding all appointees of governing boards of their responsibility to be accountable to taxpayers after what we found in our I-Team investigation.
He's appointing Mike Griffin, current chair of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, to Port Tampa Bay's board.
The governor sent out the following statement:
"Recently, I was concerned to see media reports detailing wasteful spending by the executives at Port Tampa Bay. The actions detailed in these reports should serve as a reminder of the importance of the oversight every appointee is charged with providing. I look forward to the Tampa Port Authority governing board reviewing policies to prevent wasteful spending by employees."
The I-Team recently exposed port executives wining and dining on your dime .
Since our investigation aired, Tampa's Mayor Bob Buckhorn called for new policy changes , and Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran launched a state investigation .
Port CEO Paul Anderson defends himself by stating:
"Although we are currently reviewing all Port Tampa Bay expense policies, I believe there is a misperception about the integrity of how we spend Port Tampa Bay dollars."
Jarrod Holbrook is an Emmy and AP Award-winning Investigative Reporter for the ABC Action News I-Team. Do you have a story idea? Contact Jarrod on Facebook , Twitter , or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org .