Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has proven time and time again that he’s not willing to sacrifice the personal freedoms of the residents of his state, even if it means taking on powerful, U.S. government organizations like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
According to The Hill, DeSantis has taken issue against a CDC order that severely restricts the cruise line industry — a vitally important, revenue-generating industry in Florida. After a series of plot twists in attempts to toss out the order, DeSantis vowed that, if necessary, he’ll take the fight all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
An order blocking the CDC’s cruise line restrictions, issued previously by a state-level court, was blocked just hours before taking effect after a federal appeals court ruling.
“I’m confident we’d win”
DeSantis is not fond of a court order that left in place a CDC-issued dictate that placed a heavy burden on cruise lines with regard to testing its passengers for COVID-19, among other restrictions, before being allowed to set sail. The dictates were issued when COVID-19 was of much greater concern, last year.
The Florida governor commented on the ruling, which was made by a panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a 2-1 decision, saying his administration is “absolutely going to pursue” legal avenues to have the restrictions tossed, no matter what it takes.
“I think that most courts at this point have had their limit with the CDC issuing these dictates without a firm statutory basis. So I’m confident that we’d win on the merits at the full 11th Circuit,” DeSantis said.
The Republican governor added: “Honestly, I’m confident we’d win at the U.S. Supreme Court.”
DeSantis explains his position
The cruise line industry, undoubtedly, is a crucial industry for Florida, as hundreds of thousands of people from around the world set sail from Florida ports every year. But the Florida governor explained to the press that fighting the CDC’s restrictions is about more than just freeing one industry.
“One of the reasons why we did it was not just it’s an important industry for our state. We’re committed to that, but it raises a bigger question,” DeSantis said.
The governor added: “Can you just have one agency and the government without Congress ever passing a law just basically shutting down an industry? Maybe you don’t care about the cruise industry, but next time, it might be your industry.”
DeSantis was widely praised and equally criticized for being one of the first governors in the nation to fully lift all COVID-19 restrictions in May, as ABC News noted. However, DeSantis’ handling of the COVID-19 pandemic — in the context of balancing restrictions versus personal freedoms — skyrocketed his popularity among conservatives around the country.
Only time will tell if DeSantis once against prevails with a victory in his latest fight. It’s clear, however, that he’s the type of governor who won’t stop until he secures the best possible outcome for the residents of his state.