Tourists continue to visit Florida in record numbers

Gov. Rick Scott to make announcement in Miami

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MIAMI - A record number of tourists keep coming to Florida, Gov. Rick Scott says.

Scott on Monday visited Miami's Jungle Island, where he announced that 31.1 million people visited the state during the first three months of the year, a 2.5 percent jump over the same time period in 2016.

Nearly 113 million tourists -- most from the U.S. -- visited last year.

Scott, however, warned that potential cuts to Florida's tourism marketing agency could doom continued growth. State legislators recently voted to cut funding to Visit Florida by 67 percent.

If Scott signs the new state budget, the cuts will take effect in July. Scott has hinted he may veto the budget.

Legislative leaders have defended the cuts by pointing to questionable Visit Florida contracts.

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