MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has taken legal action against the federal government and the CDC to demand the immediate opening of cruise ships, he said Thursday.
“We believe it is time for us to stand up for state rights and state rights in court and also to stand up for the livelihoods of the tens of thousands of Floridians who depend on this industry,” said Governor DeSantis said at a press conference in PortMiami. “Help is on its way. We will continue to do this until we finally open it.”
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Florida is at the heart of the cruise industry in the United States, with PortMiami, Port Everglades, and Port Canaveral among the busiest ports in the world. Millions of passengers pass through in a typical year. It is worth billions of dollars to the state economy.
“We don’t think the federal government has the right to shut down a major industry for more than a year based on very little evidence and very little data,” the governor said.
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DeSantis maintained the ban had a disproportionate impact on Florida and said cruising had resumed across much of the world, forcing Americans to travel to other ports in neighboring Bahamas. Industry leaders say there have been no new outbreaks linked to their ships.
“People are going to navigate one way or another. The question is, are we going to do it from Florida, which is the first place in the world to do it, or will they do it from the Bahamas or elsewhere? Said DeSantis.
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The lawsuit was filed Thursday by Attorney General Ashley Moody.
“Cruises are a vital part of Florida’s tourism industry, employing thousands of people and boosting our state’s economy. Every day, the federal government unfairly keeps this economic giant docked, our economy suffers. The ripple effect of this misguided federal lockdown has profound implications for the cruise industry, international tourism, the businesses that would benefit from the influx of visitors, our state’s economy, and the thousands of working Floridians. in the industry, ”Moody said. “But what’s even worse than the economic damage caused by this muscular federal hype is the precedent set by a biden administration eager to regulate, which unfairly identifies and maintains our dockside cruise industry based on outdated data. Our litigation aims to end this federal government overreach and allow Floridians to return to work and travel safely.
When it comes to unemployment, Florida is below the national average, but Miami-Dade County’s unemployment average is “well above the state average and even above the national average,” DeSantis said . He blames the no-veil order.
“The main reason is that the federal government and the CDC have locked this industry down for over a year. This is not reasonnable. It is not rational. “
DeSantis is working with Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody to take legal action to lift the veil ban order in effect since March 2020.
The move cost the state more than $ 3.2 billion in revenue in the first six months of the pandemic, cruise industry executives said in a recent meeting with the governor.
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The CDC said last week that it would not be lifting the order until November.