Crist in Jacksonville to Meet Senate Hopefuls, Tour Boeing Facility at Cecil Field
Gov. Charlie Crist is visiting Jacksonville today for a tour of the Boeing facility at Cecil Field. The aircraft maker has operated a repair and upgrade facility for military F-18 Hornets at the former military airfield for about a decade and employs about 200 people there.
Boeing is also in the process of moving additional F-18 repair operations to Cecil from Arizona, a move expected to bring an additional 50 or so jobs.
Following the tour, the governor has scheduled a meeting with State Rep. Jennifer Carroll.
Carroll is thought by some to be one of several people under consideration by Crist for a short relief stint in the U.S. Senate as Sen. Mel Martinez quits early. Martinez, a one-term Republican, has said he wants to step down early and will leave as soon as Crist names a replacement. Carroll, a Navy officer, is the only black Republican in the state Legislature. Crist also plans a meeting with University of North Florida president John Delaney while in Jacksonville, though officials in the governor’s office haven’t released the agenda for that meeting.
Delaney just finished a fill-in stint of his own, serving as interim university system chancellor from the time Mark Rosenberg stepped down until Frank Brogan was chosen.