Floridians still don’t know who is paying and who, exactly, is going on a 75-person trip to Israel with Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Cabinet, but the governor’s office released a bare-bones agenda Wednesday that’s full of business meetings and receptions – including the regular monthly Florida Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem.
The agenda says the group will depart on Saturday, May 25, and arrive in Tel Aviv the next day. Business meetings will consume most of Monday and Tuesday, with a tourism networking reception sponsored by Visit Florida Monday night and a reception hosted by the U.S. ambassador Tuesday evening.
The governor and Cabinet’s regular monthly meeting will convene at the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem on Wednesday afternoon, Israeli time. It will follow an “Israel-America Business Summit” that morning, with a business networking session with local companies that evening.
Thursday will bring a round table discussion on “issues impacting Florida,” followed by a delegation reception and dinner.
Wheels up for Florida on Friday, May 31.
The Phoenix filed a public records request on April 16 seeking documents about what the group will be doing, how they will be getting there, and how much it will cost. But the governor’s office hadn’t released any as of midday Wednesday. DeSantis’ press office says officials are digging through a backlog of public records requests in the order received.
Three South Florida lawmakers say they are attending the trip, along with Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, Attorney General Ashley Moody, and Nikki Fried, Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services.