Maritime attorneys are breaking the legal future of DeSantis’ CDC lawsuit
Governor Ron DeSantis and Attorney General Ashley Moody argued Thursday that Florida was at risk of losing billions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs, and filed a lawsuit against federal health officials for incapacitating the cruise industry. The governor has laid foot, but some legal analysts say the move may not mean much.
PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. – – Governor Ron DeSantis and Attorney General Ashley Moody argued Thursday that Florida was at risk of losing billions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs, and filed a lawsuit against federal health officials for incapacitating the cruise industry.
The lawsuit, filed in Tampa Federal District Court, calls on a federal judge to lift restrictions imposed by the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which have shut down US cruise lines for more than a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“We don’t believe the federal government has the right to moot a large industry for over a year based on very little evidence and very little data,” said Governor DeSantis.
The governor has set foot, but the move can’t mean much.
“The legal chances of success of Governor DeSantis’ lawsuit against the CDC are possibly just one click above zero,” said maritime lawyer Michael Winkleman.
Winkelman collapsed, which he thinks the action will actually do.
“I think so much of this has to do with the fact that the CDC has given a really wide margin of discretion to do its job as it sees fit. Of course, it’s their job to protect the Americans,” said Winkleman.
Winkelman says there may have been a better approach to working with the CDC, for example, as the cruise industry has to find a functional framework.
“Essentially, all of the arguments put forward in the complaints against the CDC are that the CDC failed to do its job properly, they exceeded their authority, they failed to notify them. I don’t see any validity on his face on any of these arguments “said Winkelman.
At least Port Canaveral leaders hope the lawsuit will rock the Fed’s branches.
“It is time to do something to make them react because they don’t seem to be reacting in any way to get this industry back up and running and our people back to work,” said Captain John Murray, chief Port Canaveral Executive Officer.