Brevard County’s Randy Fine Demands Miami, Tampa Cancel Upcoming ‘LORDE’ Concerts

By  //  February 8, 2018

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Lorde scheduled to perform in Tampa Wednesday, April 11

State Representative Randy Fine (R-South Brevard County) (left) today sent letters to the Miami Sports and Exhibition Authority and the Tampa Sports Authority demanding that they cancel their April concerts by “Lorde” (right), in order to comply with Florida law.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – State Representative Randy Fine (R-South Brevard County) today sent letters to the Miami Sports and Exhibition Authority and the Tampa Sports Authority demanding that they cancel their April concerts by “Lorde,” in order to comply with Florida law.

Under Florida Statute, no state or local government can conduct business exceeding $1 million with any organization engaged in a boycott of Israel.

In December 2017, Lorde cancelled a concert in Tel Aviv in order to join the anti-Israel BDS Movement. Copies of the two letters follow.

Randy Fine

“Florida has no tolerance for anti-Semitism and boycotts intended to destroy the State of Israel,” said Fine.

“That’s why Florida passed groundbreaking anti-BDS legislation several years ago and why, along with Senator Jeff Brandes, I have proposed strengthening that legislation this year. Current statutes are clear – local governments cannot do business with companies that participate in anti-Semitic boycotts of Israel. When Lorde joined the boycott in December, she and her companies became subject to that statute.

“The taxpayers of Miami and Tampa should not have to facilitate bigotry and anti-Semitism, and I look forward to the Miami Sports and Exhibition Authority and the Tampa Sports Authority complying with the law and cancelling these concerts,” Fine added.

Lorde is presently scheduled to perform Wednesday, April 11th, at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, which is owned by the Tampa Sports Authority, and Thursday April 12th at American Airlines Arena in Miami, which is owned by the Miami Sports and Exhibition Authority.

Both are governmental special districts subject to Florida’s anti-BDS legislation.

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