CREATED Sep. 16, 2013
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - At first glance, it looks like all fun and games.
Facebook pictures show civilians out with Sheriff Mike Scott on one of the department's boats and SWAT vehicles, followed by dinner at Rum Runners at the Cape Harbor Marina.
So was Sheriff Scott using tax payer money for a night out on the town?
It's actually quite the opposite.
"That particular event was the benefit Voices for Kids," Scott said.
Voices for Kids is a non-profit that raises money for Lee County's Guardian Ad Litem program.
"These are volunteers who go into the court and become a child's voice," Voice for Kids Executive Director Darlene Grossman said.
Voice for Kids relies totally on fundraising and Sheriff Scott helps out with his "Undercover Extreme Enforcement Experience." Two couples paid more than $1,000 at an auction in May for the annual event.
But how much did it cost the Sheriff's Office?
"If i was going to approximate fuel, I would estimate maybe about $50 each for both the land and water part of it," Scott said.
Plus another $50-100 for dinner. But don't worry, that money is not coming out of your pocket.
"Those are paid for by funds that are either forfeited or seized from drug dealers and or through a line item in our budget which is promotional type items," Scott said.
And that money goes a long way.
"Sheriff Scott's idea is fantastic, it raises a lot of money," Grossman said.