Saturday, March 27, 2021

Florida to feds: Allow cruise ships to operate or we’ll sue. (AP)

Threatening to sue on behalf of cruise lines, Governor RON DeSANTIS is whining again.

Whining is what he does.  Every. Single. Day.

He's an empty suit.

Our State of Florida is in no position to lecture our federal government on protecting environmental health and safety.  

Florida's legislature and Governor John Edward 
Bush shut down 17 Florida State Occupational Safety and Health regulatory offices, dispensing with the services of 175 employees.  There are no longer any OSHA regulations protecting our city, county, state and special district employees.  

Florida has "unclean hands," and will not be heard in equity to sound like a nattering nabob of negativism about health protection on cruise ships.

Oafish, foolish Florida Governor RONALD DION DeSANTIS (R-KOCH INDUSTRIES) is both insolent and insouciant, a creepy adenoidal adolescent.

Our Dull Republican former Congressman from St. Johns County, DeSANTIS rather reminds me of selfish, solopsistic 2020 Miami Beach Spring Breaker Brady Sluder, who apologized to the world after he said to tv news cress, "If I get corona, I get corona.  At the end of the day, it's not going to keep- me from partying."  

DeSANTIS, the dopey, dupery former Yale University Baseball Captain and Harvard Law School graduate is still wet behind the ears.

Now he's threatening a lawsuit against the federal government on a subject of federal preemption.

He faces high hurdles under federal administrative law precedents.

This is not the first time that Florida has abused federal courts for political purposes, as it did on school segregation, voting rights and Gay marriage. 
Our bumptious Boy Governor, a world class ass, has no class -- out of his league.  He's all hate and no substance on safety.  

I would no more take his advice on safety than Brady Sluder.

Florida to feds: Allow cruise ships to operate or we’ll sue


FILE - In this Wednesday, May 20, 2020, file photo, the Symphony of the Seas cruise ship is shown docked at PortMiami, in Miami. Florida is threatening to sue the federal government if it doesn't lift its pandemic ban on cruise lines using U.S. ports. Gov. Ron DeSantis and state Attorney General Ashley Moody said Friday, March 26, 2021, that the state is being harmed economically by the industry's U.S. shutdown. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ripped into the federal government’s continued pandemic ban on cruise ships using U.S. ports, threatening Friday to file a lawsuit if one of the state’s biggest tourism sectors is not allowed to resume operations soon.

Appearing at Port Canaveral with leaders from Carnival, Norwegian, Disney and Royal Caribbean cruise lines, DeSantis and Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody said they are exploring the state’s legal options if the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not allow U.S.-based cruising to resume by summer.

The state is the nation’s cruise capital with three of the world’s busiest ports: Miami, Port Canaveral near Kennedy Space Center, and Port Everglades near Fort Lauderdale. Millions typically cruise from Florida each year and the industry generates billions for the state’s economy.

DeSantis said the continued ban is only hurting Florida with no effect on the pandemic as cruising is resuming elsewhere in the world and Americans are flying to the nearby Bahamas to board ships.

“Is it OK for the government to just idle an industry for a year?” the Republican governor said. He said people now need to decide for themselves what they are willing to risk.

The CDC shut down the cruise industry a year ago when several coronavirus outbreaks were tied to ships worldwide. DeSantis and industry leaders argued Friday that with widespread testing and vaccines becoming more available, the danger is now no worse than air and train travel, which are open. Cruising has resumed with restrictions and protocols in much of the world with the industry leaders saying there have been no new outbreaks tied to their ships.

The CDC did not immediately respond to an email Friday seeking comment. It issued guidelines in October that require cruise ships conduct mock voyages to test procedures and have onboard testing labs before passengers would be allowed, but no further guidance has been issued, leaving the ban effectively in place.

Cindy Prins, a University of Florida epidemiologist, defended the ban, saying it is still too early for cruise ships to operate. Unlike other modes of transportation, families and groups on cruises mingle and dine together for long periods, increasing the likelihood of spread, she said, and testing and symptom screening are not perfect methods of prevention.

She said cruise lines would need to limit passengers and crew to those who can prove they are fully vaccinated to avoid spreading the virus. No industry leader suggested Friday that would be a requirement if they resume U.S. operations, and DeSantis expressed opposition to requiring vaccination for participation in the economy.

Moody, also a Republican, said if a lawsuit is filed, it would challenge the ban as based on medical information that is out-of-date and no longer valid.

“When you have a government that is working against the interests and vitality of its citizens it serves, that is a problem. And historically, you can see how that leads to the demise and destruction of those they are trying to govern,” Moody said.

More than 8 million passengers cruised from Florida in 2019, the last full year before the pandemic. The Cruise Lines International Association estimates that 150,000 jobs in the state are created by the industry, including dependent jobs at hotels, restaurants and airlines, generating nearly $8 billion in wages. Almost all of that has been wiped out.

Industry leaders appearing with DeSantis and Moody complained that little movement has been made in the U.S. toward reopening, even though cruises have resumed in the Caribbean, Europe, the Mediterranean, Australia and Asia.

“Let’s get people back to the work. The health situation has changed,” said Thomas Mazloum, president of Disney Cruise Line. “Cruise lines are cruising very successfully outside the United States, proving that with the right protocols cruising is a very safe and beautiful experience.”

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