Florida Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp complains about “destroyed” Vail vacation due to coronavirus

A former Florida lieutenant governor complained about Vail Resorts’ decision to suspend operations in a Twitter post Saturday evening that quickly drew fire from Colorado’s governor and lawmakers.

“Thank you for making this announcement as we are driving in to Vail,” Jeff Kottkamp tweeted. “Came all the way from Florida only to have our family’s vacation destroyed.”

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis responded from his personal Twitter account with sarcasm: “Thank you for your deep concerns regarding the health of our residents in the face of a global pandemic, as well as your heartfelt sympathy for the difficulties faced by those who work in the ski industry and hospitality.”

State Sen. Kerry Donovan, a Democrat who represents the town of Vail, tweeted: “That @vailmtn prioritized the health of our mountain community over profits is a public service. We should be commending, not complaining. But, please keep thinking of yourself.”

Sage Naumann, spokesperson for Colorado Senate Republicans, was also critical of Kottkamp’s comment.

“‘Came all the way from Florida only to realize Colorado is actually stepping up to prevent the spread of a global pandemic,’” Naumann tweeted. “Fixed it for you, Lieutenant Governor. Colorado is united in beating this.”

Kottkamp, a Republican, was lieutenant governor of Florida from 2007 to 2011.