It was a good day for both the cruise-line industry along with Florida’s booming economic tourist attraction. This is thanks in part to a federal appeals court 360 degree turn-around reversing itself and siding with Governor DeSantis.
The court had previously sided with the CDC’s egregious mandate and denying Florida one of its major economic assets. They selectively targeted and imposed restrictive vaccination rules against the cruise-line industry.
The dust-up began in April of last year after Governor DeSantis was forced to file a lawsuit against the CDC, after healthcare bureaucrats within the government agency decided to arbitrarily punish the state, by mandating “No-Sail-Orders” virtually shutting down the entire cruise-line industry in Florida, which accounts for (before COVID-19), nearly $9 billion in annual revenues mostly in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
The CDC initially scored a win denying the industry the ability to conduct business.
The Republican governor faced with an economic doomsday scenario largely instigated by the federal government picking industry winners and losers, decided to fight fire with fire, by filing his own federal lawsuit in Tampa.
BREAKING: DeSantis announces lawsuit against the federal gov & the CDC over cruises remaining shut pic.twitter.com/43UAdHMXU7— Jewish Deplorable (@TrumpJew2) April 8, 2021
At the time of the filing the governor held a news conference explaining what was at stake, and why he was filing the lawsuit, explaining; “The main reason for this is because the federal government and the CDC has locked down this industry for over a year. This is not reasonable. This is not rational.”
DeSantis went on to remind those in attendance that Florida is also the home to Port Canaveral and Port Everglades, two central ports with global standing, employing thousands of Floridians within the tourist industry.
“We believe that it is time for us to vindicate the state’s rights and the rights of the state in court and also vindicate the livelihoods of the tens of thousands of Floridians who depend on this industry,” DeSantis said, promising that “help is on the way.”
“We’re going to keep at this until we finally get it open,” he vowed.
In June the federal district court in Tampa rendered its decision issuing a preliminary injunction favoring DeSantis. The court concluded that the CDC’s arbitrary decision to target a particular industry vital to the economic health of a state “are likely unconstitutional and overstepping their legal authority.”
The victory which would have taken effect on July18th, quickly turned to defeat after a Clinton appointee for the 11th Circuit voted 2-1 in favor of issuing a temporary stay of the injunction, in short throwing a monkey-wrench into the entire legal proceedings.
Lauren Cassedy, director of Public Affairs for Attorney General Ashley Moody, told Breitbart News on Monday in response to the ruling. “It is unacceptable that a federal agency would single out and lock down an entire industry indefinitely.”
Adding; “We are currently reviewing all available legal options and will continue to fight on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of Floridians who rely on the cruise industry for their livelihoods.”
The likelihood that this travesty would continue in the courts indefinitely seemed almost inevitable. However on Friday after the DeSantis legal team filed an “EMERGENCY APPLICATION TO VACATE THE ELEVENTH CIRCUIT’S STAY ON THE PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION,” the Eleventh Circuit suddenly and without any explanation reversed itself allowing the cruise industry to resume operations without any interference from the CDC, including their unconstitutional vaccine passports.