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Enterprise Florida Board Approves CEO's Bonus

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Enterprise Florida

Florida's top official in charge of bringing businesses to the state is getting a $70,000 bonus.

The board of Enterprise Florida - which includes Gov. Rick Scott - voted Thursday to grant the bonus to president and CEO Gray Swoope. The board also signed off on more than $630,000 in bonuses for other agency employees.  

Swoope receives a base pay of $230,000 annually that comes from state taxpayers. The bonus comes from private contributions, but some groups are questioning whether the bonuses should be handed out.  

Scott and other officials did not debate the bonus before approving it.  

But Alan Becker, a South Florida attorney in charge of the Enterprise Florida finance committee, pointed out that Swoope was getting paid less than some local economic development officials.