Gov. Ron DeSantis blasts CDC over cruise industry treatment
Gov. Ron DeSantis blasted the CDC on Friday over its treatment of the cruise industry.
DeSantis doubled down on his push to allow cruise ships to sail out of Florida during a news conference in Lakeland.
He said the state’s lawsuit against the Biden administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was the right thing to do.
The no-sail ban, put in place to stem the spread of COVID-19, expires in November.
If that doesn’t change, cruise lines will set sail from the Bahamas instead, hurting Florida workers and its economy.
“Can an unelected agency just mothball an entire industry for a year with no end in sight,” DeSantis said. “I mean they’ve done these things in the interim which aren’t going to make a difference. They won’t give a firm date if when you can just go. I think it raises a lot of implications far beyond just our economy or the cruise lines.”
Florida’s two senators, Rick Scott and Marco Rubio, have introduced legislation that calls for the CDC to repeal its no-sail order by July 24.