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Jack Latvala ‘thank you’ billboard appears in Winter Park

Thanks Jack Latvala, from Winter Park, signed Clear Channel Outdoor.

A billboard has appeared on Winter Park’s busiest boulevard praising and thanking state Sen. Jack Latvala, the Clearwater Republican who chairs the appropriations committee. The ad thanks him, and credits him for saving Florida jobs, supporting Florida tourism, and supporting Florida businesses.

The billboard’s disclaimer says the message was sponsored by Clear Channel Outdoor, the billboard company that owns that particular sign. A Clear Channel Outdoor spokesman did not return calls Wednesday to discuss the message or the company’s sponsorship.

Latvala is considering making a Republican run for governor in the 2018 election, indicating he’d announce his decision Aug. 16.

The billboard, part of a rotation of several ads on a digital screen, is on Orlando Avenue in Winter Park, just south of Lee Road, facing northbound traffic. That’s about 100 miles from Latvala’s Florida Senate District 16.

The Latvala spot has several versions in the rotation, each one thanking him for different things.

His political committee, Florida Leadership Committee, has received a donation from Clear Channel’s parent company in San Antonio, Texas, but that was in 2015. Any in-kind donations attributed to the current ads would have to be reported in the next filing.

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Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.

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