Gov. Rick Scott, known for answering almost any question with a plug for economic development, responded to a Thursday query about Justin Bieber’s Miami Beach arrest with a reference to Florida’s tourism statistics.
“Here’s the nice thing: People want to come to our state. We’ve had record tourism numbers, it looks like again last year. So people want to come to our state, basically they like all parts of our state. But if you come here you’ve got to comply with the law,” Scott said when a reporter asked for a comment on Bieber’s arrest.
Scott had invited reporters to a shopping area on Worth Avenue to blame President Barack Obama for big increases in federal flood insurance rates. Some sections of the avenue reportedly were under 3 to 4 feet of water during the deluge of Jan. 9-10. Scott contends the president can block rate hikes without congressional approval.
Bieber was charged with driving under the influence, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license after police say he was drag racing a rented Lamborghini at 4:11 a.m. The 19-year-old pop star was released on $2,500 bond Thursday afternoon.