Gov. DeSantis, Dignitary Security Tab Nearly $4.85 Million

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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Florida taxpayers spent astir $4.85 cardinal during the past fiscal twelvemonth to support Gov. Ron DeSantis, his family, the governor’s mansion and assorted visiting dignitaries, according to a authorities study released Monday.

The bulk of the costs during the 2020-2021 fiscal year, astir $4.82 million, went to guarding DeSantis and members of the archetypal family, on with securing the governor’s mansion, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s yearly “Report of Transportation and Protective Services.”

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During the 2019-2020 fiscal year, the outgo to support DeSantis, the archetypal household and the governor’s mansion was a akin $4.78 million.

While offering a glimpse of protection, the study doesn’t outline however the information details were staffed oregon however they operated for the politician oregon visiting dignitaries.

The costs were topped by astir $3.82 cardinal spent connected DeSantis, with much than $1.83 cardinal going for the salaries of instrumentality enforcement officers who provided information for the politician and $1.984 for costs tied to transportation.

Costs for protecting First Lady Casey DeSantis and members of the archetypal household topped $463,000, with $455,665 going to instrumentality enforcement salaries and $7,823 tied to the archetypal lady’s transportation. The politician and archetypal woman person 3 young children.

An further $512,247 was spent connected salaries and astir $24,821 went toward different expenses related to protecting the governor’s mansion and grounds.

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The study besides listed 17 expenses, totaling astir $32,790, to supply protective details for visiting dignitaries. The study said authorities instrumentality requires the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to supply information to radical visiting the authorities for whom “failure to supply information oregon proscription could effect successful a wide and contiguous information to the idiosyncratic information of specified persons oregon could effect successful nationalist embarrassment to the state.”

The biggest expense, $6,283 for information and transportation, went to protecting then-Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and his household portion they were connected “personal” concern successful Orlando from Oct. 15 to Oct. 21.

Similar coverage, for idiosyncratic oregon authoritative business, was provided to the governors of Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Mississippi, Tennessee, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The authorities spent $1,289 connected information erstwhile then-U.S. Second Lady Karen Pence was successful Jacksonville with erstwhile Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia to motorboat an employment assistance programme for subject spouses astatine the extremity of September 2020.

Another $1,607 was spent erstwhile statesmanlike daughter-in-law Lara Trump, the woman of Eric Trump, was successful Jacksonville with erstwhile Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Katrina Pierson, a elder advisor to the then-President Donald Trump’s campaign, connected Sept. 16.

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