PALM BEACH, Fla. - Along a beautiful stretch of oceanfront, at one of the world's most glamorous resorts, the news coming out of Wednesday's luncheon of the Palm Beach County Hotel & Lodging Association was upbeat.
David Semadeni, secretary of the association said, "For the past 3 or 4 months we've come out ahead in our occupancy in the various hotels. We're up about 12% year to date, so that's very encouraging."
Governor Charlie Crist addressed the crowd about the importance of tourism to the states economy. When talking with reporters beforehand, he was asked about issues he would face not as governor, but as a Senator. The independent Senate candidate believes that all of the Bush tax cuts should be extended rather than expire at the end of the year.
"I think it's very important to reduce tax burden on Florida families, small businesses. Give them an opportunity to have more money in their pocket so they can hire more people and provide more jobs," said Crist.
When asked about a potential second stimulus package from the federal government Crist said he'd have to see how it would be presented. The governor supported the first stimulus package.
"It saved about 80-thousand jobs in Florida. 20-thousand of those were educators and a lot were law enforcement so I'm very grateful for that. It really helped our economy," said Crist.
The governor also came out against a Florida pastor's plan to burn the Koran. He also wouldn't tip his hand on which party he would caucus with if he wins a seat in the Senate in November. Crist faces Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Kendrick Meek.
"I think if people want an independent voice for Florida, we're their choice. As I've said before, too much gridlock, partisanship, not enough getting done on behalf of the people," said Crist.
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