Mica, at a news conference in Winter Park on Monday, said he might support only a portion of the route, from the airport to Walt Disney World, because it has the potential to draw tourists. The remainder of the leg, he said, could be a money loser. "The last thing I want is for this to be a boondoggle," he said.
But state Sen. Paula Dockery, R-Lakeland, predicted at the convention center that Scott ultimately would back the train.
"His entire campaign is about jobs, jobs, jobs. I don't know of any other project that can do that with so very little investment on our [the state's] part," said Dockery, serving on Scott's transition team.
That promise was good news to Randall Boggess, who manages a metal-fabrication plant in Mulberry in Polk County. It makes more sense to spend money on a high-speed train rather than on unemployment benefits and welfare, he said.
"We're already spending the money," he said. "That's all moving out with no return. That's failure."
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