Gov. Scott sweet on tax cuts


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Gov. Rick Scott visited a downtown candy store Monday to talk about how his $1 billion tax cut proposal will help small businesses like Sweet Pete's.

Scott said Florida's tourism and construction industries are doing well and his focus is now on expanding high-tech and manufacturing industry in the state.

Scott highlighted 75 new jobs created since Sweet Pete's expanded last year into one of the largest candy-making facilities in the nation.

"We want small businesses like Sweet Pete's, who would directly benefit from our proposal to eliminate the income tax on manufacturers and retailers as well as the commercial lease tax cut, to keep expanding throughout our state," Scott said.

Sweet Pete's was the childhood dream of Peter Behringer after his mom opened a famous family chocolate business, Peterbrooke Chocolatier, when he was 11 years old. He opened Sweet Pete's candy shop in Jacksonville in 2010. They bought the historic, 23,000 square foot Seminole Club building across from City Hall almost two years ago to expand the business.

"Our goal at Sweet Pete's is that people leave with not only great candy and chocolates, but a memorable experience," Behringer said. "This is only possible because of our great Sweet Pete's team."