Florida’s Threat to Sue Federal Government Over CDC No-Sail Order Gains National Attention

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DeSantis Calls CDC mandate on cruise industry “baseless”

ABOVE VIDEO: Governor Ron DeSantis, Attorney General Ashley Moody and Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Secretary Kevin J. Thibault, P.E. held a roundtable discussion with cruise industry executives and employees to highlight the importance of this critical industry to Florida’s economy. (Fox 35 Video)

BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA (Fox Business) – Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis threatened to launch a lawsuit against the federal government Friday, unless the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lift the no-sail coronavirus order by this summer.

March 14 marked one year since all cruise lines were forced to dock following the outbreak of the coronavirus, a move that has reportedly cost Florida $3.2 billion in the first six months of the pandemic, along with 49,500 jobs and $2.3 billion in wages.

The CDC has ordered all cruise lines to remain docked through November 2021, but De Santis pushed back on this mandate, calling it “baseless.”

“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,” the governor said during a Friday roundtable. “I urge the CDC to immediately rescind this baseless no-sail order to allow Floridians in this industry to get back to work.”

Other Florida officials took issue with the fact that not tourism industries have been curtailed by a federal directive in the same way.

The state’s Attorney General Ashley Moody, condemned the CDC order that heavily affects the Sunshine State, calling it “federal overreach.”