Scott orders Fla.'s 2 remaining planes sold

Published: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 8:34 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 8:34 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — As promised, Gov. Rick Scott has ordered the sale of the last two state executive aircraft.

Scott issued the directive during his first full day on the job, saying it's the first of many steps he'll take to cut spending. The operating budget for the planes is $2.4 million this year.

One is a jet-powered 2003 Cessna Citation Bravo and the other is a 2000 King Air 350. Bids will be opened Feb. 9.

Scott said lower-cost travel options exist for himself, Cabinet members and other top officials.

Use of the planes dropped in the past couple years after former Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp and others drew criticism for taking along family members and making frequent flights to their hometowns.

The state sold a third plane in 2008.

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