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For many Floridians, Gov. Rick Scott’s Navy hat might be an unwelcome sight because of an association with impending doom or deadly disasters.
The navy Navy cap and the Navy vet have been inseparable as Scott has managed the state’s responses to hurricanes, floods and forest fires.
With just a few months remaining in his term as governor, Scott and his seemingly omnipresent cap were put to a massive test after Hurricane Michael pummeled the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend regions.
The monster storm made landfall Wednesday in Mexico Beach, eviscerating the beachfront community, reducing neighboring towns to rubble and killing almost all communication in Panama City.
After touring the area Thursday, Scott likened the devastation to a miniature version of the havoc wreaked by his young grandsons.
“When they get finished playing with stuff, it’s all over the place and there’s no order to it. That’s what it was like. There’s a lot of stuff everywhere,” Scott told reporters, saying Mexico Beach appeared to be the hardest-hit area.
The monstrous storm prompted Scott to take a hiatus from his campaign against incumbent U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson. At the governor’s request, a CNN debate between the two men scheduled for