(PatrioticPost.com)- Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a Republican, has been at odds with liberals for quite a while now.
Ever since the start of the pandemic, Democrats and the liberal media have chided him for his efforts to be more lax with coronavirus protocols than some other states. But, he’s been working hard to keep the Florida economy going and keep people employed.
On Friday, DeSantis stepped out and made another announcement — he may sue the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention if cruises can’t restart this summer.
At a press conference held with leaders of four cruise lines as well as Ashley Moody, the Florida attorney General, DeSantis railed on the CDC’s new plan. He said if President Joe Biden’s administration doesn’t do something about it, the state of Florida may have to seek legal action.
“They did the No-Sail Order in March of 2020. And it’s never been really to the point where they’re making an effort to really get it back.
“This has a kind of ripple effect throughout all businesses. When they’re sailing, there is more economic opportunities for people across a wide range of businesses. It affects a lot of jobs. What we need is a way forward.
“Is it OK for the government to idle an industry for a year with no end in sight?”
Three of Florida’s ports are among the largest across the world in terms of cruises. Port Everglades, Port Canaveral and Miami all typically have millions of cruises sailing through their ports in a typical year. That water traffic results in billions of dollars in lost revenue for the state of Florida’s economy.
That’s why the leaders of Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Disney and Carnival cruise lines all stood by DeSantis at the press conference last week.
Last spring, the CDC issued a “no-sail” order that prevented ships from taking off from ports in the United States. Last October, that was changed to a “conditional sailing order.”
DeSantis, though, said that change was “totally unrealistic.”
Last week, the CDC responded by saying it was committed to that framework, which it says will stay in effect through November.
DeSantis shot back, saying:
“If there is one thing we’ve learned over the past year, it’s that lockdowns don’t work, and Floridians deserve the right to earn a living. The cruise industry is essential to our state’s economy and keeping it shut down until November would be devastating to the men and women who rely on the cruise lines to provide for themselves and their families.
“I urge the CDC to immediately rescind this baseless no-sail order to allow Floridians in this industry to get back to work.”
Moody further explained that she believed the CDC was using information that’s no longer valid to make their determination. And that’s what would be at the heart of a lawsuit, if they file one. She explained:
“It’s anchors aweigh for almost every travel industry in the U.S., yet the Biden administration is keeping our cruise liners docked — while many other major countries begin to operate cruises safely under health guidelines.
“The rationale for keeping U.S. cruises shuttered through the foreseeable future is based on outdated data and guidelines put in place before we had a COVID-19 vaccine.”