Governor Rick Scott Christens Roller Coaster, Declines a Ride

When asked if he wanted to try it out, Scott — who was wearing a dress shirt and tie — said maybe next time.

Friday, Aug 23, 2013  |  Updated 9:00 PM EDT
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Gov. Rick Scott stopped by the Daytona Beach Boardwalk to christen a new roller coaster but declined to take a ride.

Scott attended the official opening of the Sand Blaster on Friday. When asked if he wanted to try it out, Scott — who was wearing a dress shirt and tie — said maybe next time.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal  reports that the roller coaster actually started carrying riders Aug. 2, after getting approval from state inspectors.

The coaster's owners bought the 40-year-old, 85-foot-tall ride from a closed amusement park in Delaware at the beginning of 2012. Co-owner Ed Kennedy says the ride will run year-round and should be sturdy enough to withstand any hurricanes.

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