• Tom Drake

Florida is Suing the CDC to get the Cruise Industry Restarted

Governor DeSantis told the cruise industry that help is on the way.

At a press conference held today at Port Miami, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that the State of Florida has filed suit suing to try and force the Federal Government to reopen the cruise industry. The decision to file suit follows one week of politicians and industry executives pleading with the CDC to take action.

The lawsuit, which Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody said she filed Thursday morning but still hasn't appeared on the federal judiciary's court records site, is aimed at the Biden administration, the Department of Health and Human Services and the CDC, she said.

Experts in the legal field are calling it a political stunt with zero chance of succeeding, but the Governor disagrees "This will be something that we believe we have every legal right to insist upon. We don't believe the federal government has the right to mothball a major industry for over a year based on very little evidence and very little data."

A spokesman for Carnival Corporation seemed to back away from the idea. "We are aware of the lawsuit and share the sense of urgency of getting Americans back to work," said Carnival Corporation spokesperson Roger Frizzell in an email. "Our focus is trying to work with the CDC on a plan to resume cruise operations this summer."

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