Among $142.7 million in line-item vetoes in the state budget, Gov. Rick Scott nixed $250,000 for security at the final presidential debate, scheduled at Boca Raton's Lynn University on Oct. 22.
Lynn University spokesman Joshua Glanzer said the event will be safe no matter how security is funded.
"We know we have our state support, we know we'll have our community support," he said.
Wellington Democratic Rep. Joseph Abruzzo, who was once student body president at Lynn, said he's disappointed by the veto. The money would have helped protect the candidates and citizens, he said.
"You have a smaller scale university that's going to have the eyes of the entire world on it. It's going to cost hundreds of thousands in security,"
he said. "This is such a major event, it should have shared responsibility throughout the state."
The Commision on Presidential Debates has three planned for the general election. The other two are Oct. 3 at the University of Denver and Oct. 16 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. A vice presidential debate is planned for Oct. 11 at Centre College in Danville, Ky.
Brittany Alana Davis, Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau