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Governor Rick Scott appoints new Port Tampa board member after concerns of 'wasteful spending'

Governor "concerned" after I-Team investigation
Posted: 7:49 PM, Aug 02, 2017
Updated: 2017-08-02 23:49:39Z

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."

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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  jarrod.holbrook@wfts.com .