The state of Florida will take on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) restrictions on cruise ships according to The Hill.
According to the publication’s report, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said Monday his state will take the CDC to court over their continuing restrictions linked to the coronavirus pandemic.
These comments were spurred by several recent rulings, including last month when a federal judge in Florida barred the CDC from enforcing coronavirus-era sailing orders.
The federal judge’s ruling was then temporarily blocked by a U.S. appeals court after the state argued that the CDC was overstepping its authority with the orders and health requirements for cruise lines.
DeSantis announced that his administration is “absolutely going to pursue” its legal options following the ruling at either the same court, or pursue a new ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted the temporary stay in a 2-1 decision late Saturday in a last-minute ruling. Thanks to the CDC’s ruling cruise lines were required to adhere to a set of testing and safety measures if they planned to continue operation and sail despite COVID-19 outbreaks recorded on cruise lines last year.
DeSantis said he thinks the state will “probably” take its legal fight “to the full 11th Circuit en banc,” when speaking from Poinciana, Fla.,
“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,” he said. “Honestly, I’m confident we’d win at the U.S. Supreme Court,” the governor added
“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. “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.”