Occupy Sarasota plans protest during Gov. Scott's visit to Longboat Key Friday

LONGBOAT KEY — A group of protestors led by Occupy Sarasota plan to rally against Rick Scott’s voting purge during the governor’s planned visit to Sarasota on Friday.

Scott is scheduled to be the keynote speaker of a legislative wrap-up luncheon sponsored by the Argus Foundation at Longboat Key Club.

Meanwhile protestors hope to give him an unwelcome greeting at New Pass Bridge, which serves as the main connection between Lido and Longboat Key.

“He’s going to be here, so we want to show him we don’t agree with what he’s doing,” said Paul Tuttle, an Occupy Sarasota member. “We want to make him as unwelcome as possible.”

Tuttle is distraught over Scott’s administration purging noncitizens from Florida’s voter rolls.

Some county election supervisors have suspended the purge. Several said a list of nearly 2,700 potential noncitizen voters — overwhelmingly minorities — was unreliable and included hundreds of actual citizens who are lawful voters.

Tuttle hopes other local groups including the Democrats, Occupy Bradenton, and minority organizations will join in. He plans to attach signs to fishing poles to catch the Governor’s eye.

“Hopefully he will see us,” he said.

The protest has been planned for 11 a.m.

Josh Salman, Herald business writer, can be reached at 941-745-7095. Follow him on Twitter @JoshSalman