The state of Florida is suing the Biden administration in order to hopefully manage to get the cruise industry, which provides a lot for the local economy, open and running again.
The lawsuit was filed on Thursday morning and also included the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Conservative Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a man who has become a figurehead for what true leadership during a pandemic without stripping people of their rights or destroying the economy, announced the lawsuit at a recent press conference in the city of Miami.
The tens of thousands of Florida workers who depend on the industry have been unfairly harmed by the cruise ban, which has been in effect since March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, DeSantis, a Republican, said.
“Today Florida is fighting back,” he said. “I don’t think the federal government has the right to mothball an industry for more than a year based on very little evidence and very little data,”
According to Florida Attorney General Ashley Mood, the suit challenges the government’s authority.
She said the administration has not been willing to discuss how vaccinations and health protocols introduced by the cruise lines have made the CDC’s ban on cruising outdated.
Unfortunately, legal experts have stated that the lawsuit probably doesn’t stand much of a chance of going forward as the federal government has a lot of control over regulations concerning ports of entry.
Many cruise lines from Israel, Europe, and Singapore are already open and operational.
Florida has a plan in place to fund about $260 million in aid to ports in the state that suffered economic losses during the pandemic. However, as DeSantis points out, this won’t be nearly enough if these ships aren’t allowed to sail.