Gov. Scott Goes to Work at Port of Miami

Governor to work at Carnival Cruise Lines on 'Let's Get To Work' Day

Florida Gov. Rick Scott put on a hardhat and some gloves for the daily grind bright and early Friday morning as he began one of his "workdays" at the Port of Miami.

Scott will be spending the day working with ocean transportation company Seaboard Marine and on Carnival Cruise Lines' Imagination ship.

"It will be interesting to learn what everybody is doing, this is a big economic driver for Florida and for Miami," Scott said.

When asked what he was going to do at the port, Scott wrapped his arm around Seaboard Marine terminal manager Albert Smalls and said "Albert can explain what I'm going to do, I'm going to do whatever Albert tells me to do so I don't mess anything up."

Scott said a dredging project to allow newer, larger cargo ships to enter the port will bring 30,000 permanent jobs to Miami.

The start of drilling for a $1 billion tunnel project at the port was scheduled for Monday but has been temporarily delayed, which Scott called "disappointing." The tunnel will connect the port with Miami's expressways.

It's Scott's fifth "Let's Get To Work" day since he took office earlier this year. He spent a day at a Panama City Beach restaurant last month.

Scott, a Republican, borrowed the "workdays" idea from former Gov. and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham. The Democrat performed hundreds of "workdays" during his eight years as governor and 18 as a senator.

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