SEAGROVE BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Florida's Republican legislators
will begin a three-day retreat at an upscale Panhandle resort.
House and Senate members are meeting Wednesday through Friday at
the WaterColor Inn in SeaGrove, about 20 miles west of Destin in
the home district of new House Speaker Ray Sansom.
Sansom will brief the group on the state's troubled financial
He has estimated the state's budget deficit could grow to
as much as $2 billion as the national economic crisis deepens.
Republicans hold a majorities in both chambers of the Florida