It's not sold down the street at the
In fact, "Viva La Florida," celebrating the state's 500th anniversary and featuring "recipes from the
It hasn't been heavily promoted. When first asked about the cookbook this week, the governor's press office referred only to a Facebook post from
When asked what projects would be funded, Deason answered, "
Calls to foundation president
The foundation is the fundraising arm of the Governor's
The foundation is allowed to "sell books, brochures, pictures and other materials," according to its mission statement.
The work includes new wallpaper, pillows, furniture, drapes, paint, window repairs, new screens for the swimming pool and an upgraded kitchen.
The foundation, which produced the cookbook, spent nearly
None of that was taxpayer money, she added, but rather came through private donations.
Scott's cookbook follows two other mansion cookbooks.
The foundation also put out "
A copy of "Viva La Florida" wasn't available for review, but foundation board member
"I've seen a copy," said Ballard, who runs a statewide lobbying firm. "It's very nice."
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