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Where campaign relics spend their sunset years

Every wonder what happens to old political props after the campaigns are over?

One notable item has washed up near Temple Terrace, at exit 266 of Interstate 75.

“Rick Scott’s Ark,” a miniature vessel towed around the state by supporters of Charlie Crist, now sits on the premises of the Hong Kong Willie Florida art gallery.

Joe Brown is co-owner of the art gallery, which features Florida-themed art objects made from recycled and repurposed materials such as lobster buoys.

He was asked by NextGen Climate Action, the group that owns the ark, for permission to park it there.

“It fits right in with what we’re trying to do here,” said the Tampa native.

The cost of the ark was part of the $12 million that billionaire-hedge-fund manager-turned-environmentalist Tom Steyer paid to assist Crist in his unsuccessful bid to unseat Gov. Scott.

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