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“4th Floor Files” talks to Carol Dover about Cinco de Mayo, repealing surcharges and “Shoot a monkey”

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The latest installment of the 4th Floor Files features Carol Dover, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. Here’s the file on Carol:

Significant other? Children? Grand kids?

Walt Dover – Hubby

Kevin, Ashley and Brittany – children

Cole, Grayton and Aubrey – grandchildren

In 25 words or less, explain what you do.

I represent the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, the mission of which is to Protect, Educate, and Promote the hospitality industry.

Without using the words Democrat, Independent or Republican, conservative or liberal, describe your political persuasion.

To always present both pros and cons of any issue that I am working on.  Trust me….if you only tell your side they will eventually hear the other side from someone else.  Better to present all of the information yourself. 

If you have one, what is your motto?

Honesty and integrity work better than lies and surprises.

During your career, have you had a favorite pro bono client?

Florida Horse Park

Three favorite charities.

Breast Cancer, Hospice and United Way.

Any last-day-of-Session traditions?

We have our staff (and others) on our balcony for the Cinco de Mayo celebration – even when the last day doesn’t fall on the 5th.  It’s close enough!

What are you most looking forward to during the 2013 Legislative Session.

Our Cinco de Mayo party! 

Just kidding…..looking forward to our March 13th Florida Tourism Day!

If you could have another lobbyist’s client list, it would be…

Steve Metz 

Professional accomplishment of which you are most proud?

Repeal of the Alcoholic Beverage Surcharge.

Lobbyists are often accused of wearing Gucci loafers; do you own a pair of Gucci loafers? If not, why not?

No Gucci loafers — but I do own a Gucci purse.

Who is your favorite Florida Capitol Press Corp reporter and why?

Lucy Morgan because she is retired and I don’t have to worry about what she might write.

Other than, your reading list includes…

Sayfie Review and Lobby Tools

What swear word do you use most often?

Shoot A Monkey.

What is your most treasured possession?

My wedding ring because it is amazing to still be happily married after 35 years in this process.

The best hotel in Florida is…

One with the lights on.

You’ve just learned that you will be hosting a morning talk show about Florida politics. Who are the first four guests you’d invite to appear?

Governor and Cabinet

Favorite movie.


Before the ‘gift ban’, what was your favorite restaurant in Tallahassee?

Silver Slipper

What is your favorite today?

Are you kidding?!  If I answer this I will have to brown bag it.

When you pig out, what do you eat?

Chocolate – and lots of it!

If you could have dinner with a historical figure no longer living, who would it be?

Ronald Reagan

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