They explained that the industry generates billions of dollars in revenue for the economy and employs thousands of employees.
Governor Ron DeSantis announced Thursday that Florida has filed a lawsuit against the federal government to allow cruise ships to start sailing immediately.
DeSantis said the ban on navigation is outdated and has harmed the state because the aviation industry generates billions of dollars in revenue for the economy and employs thousands of Floridians.
The Republican governor said at a press conference in the Port of Miami: “We do not believe that the federal government has the right to eliminate major industries for more than a year based on very little evidence and information.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidelines last week on how companies respond to COVID-19 cases, but so far they have not lifted the order.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) closed transportation in March 2020. At that time, several coronavirus outbreaks were related to ships around the world, prompting ports to reject docking plans and causing some passengers and crews to extend sailing time.
Florida is the cruise capital of the United States and has three of the busiest ports in the world: Miami, Canaveral and the Everglades. This industry brings billions of dollars in revenue to the state’s economy.
DeSantis believes that the ban will have a disproportionate impact on Florida, and said that cruise ships have resumed use in many parts of the world. Industry leaders say that there are no new outbreaks of viruses related to their ships.
People will surf in one way or another. The question is, will they come from Florida (the number one place in the world) or the Bahamas or other places? “DeSantis said.