Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced on Thursday that the state of Florida filed a lawsuit against the federal government. Florida is looking to get cruise ships back on the waters immediately.
“We don’t believe the federal government has the right to mothball a major industry for over a year based on very little evidence and very little data,” Governor DeSantis said at a news conference at the Port of Miami.
The cruise industry employees thousands of Floridians and generates billions for the state’s economy.
Last March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shut down the cruise industry after several cases of COVID-19 were linked to ships worldwide. Florida has three of the world’s busiest ports.
“People are going to cruise one way or another. The question is are we going to do it out of Florida, which is the number one place to do it in the world, or are they going to be going it out of the Bahamas or other locations,” DeSantis said during the press conference.
We must fight to get our cruise liners and their employees back to work and safely sailing again. To be clear, no federal law authorizes the @CDCgov to indefinitely shutdown an entire industry.
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) April 8, 2021