Gov. Rick Scott visits SRQ for Zika preparedness meeting

Florida Gov. Rick Scott met Friday afternoon with Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport President Rick Piccolo to discuss preparations for the threat of the Zika virus in Florida.

The first Manatee County Zika case was reported July 15 by the Florida Department of Health. The case is travel-related.

Scott’s primary concern is making sure mosquito boards statewide, and particularly those in counties where officials have confirmed Zika cases, are prepared with adequate staffing and funding.

“We've asked for testing kits,” Scott said. “We need protection gear and protection kits. Right now we need the federal government to step up and do their part. But the (SRQ) airport is ready.”

Piccolo said the closed-door meeting with Scott gave him the opportunity to brief the governor on how the airport has prepared employees and travelers for the Zika threat.

“Mainly we’ve provided informational stuff to the public and to employees to alert them of the danger,” Piccolo said. “We’ve done everything we possibly can to be prepared.”

Janelle O’Dea: 941-745-7095, @jayohday.