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Governor DeSantis Announces $250 Million to Support Economic Recovery for Florida Ports

On July 29, 2021, in News Releases, by Staff

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced $250 million in funding for Florida’s ports to assist in recovery from decreased revenue in 2020, and to invest in infrastructure at Florida’s ports. Florida’s ports generate an economic impact of $117.6 billion and support 900,000 jobs.

“Not only are Florida ports a key economic driver for their surrounding communities, but also for our state as a whole,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “From the cruise industry, to cargo, to supporting military operations, our ports provide nearly 1 million jobs for Floridians. This $250 million investment in our ports is a commitment to our future economic prosperity for generations to come.”

“The impact seaports have on every region in our state is enormous and, under the Governor’s leadership, the state continues to make key investments in our transportation network to keep our state moving forward and ensure that goods make it to consumers efficiently,” said FDOT Secretary Kevin J. Thibault, P.E. “The funding announced today will have lasting positive impacts and significantly assist our seaport partners, as well as their surrounding communities.”

This funding is specifically to support the financial recovery of Florida’s ports through the America Rescue Plan and the Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund. The $250 million in funding announced by Governor DeSantis is outlined below:

Eleventh Circuit Declares Win for Florida and the Cruise Industry

On July 23, 2021, in News Releases, by Staff

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, after Florida appealed to the United States Supreme Court, the Eleventh Circuit Court reversed its earlier decision and sided with the State of Florida against the CDC’s unlawful No-Sail Orders. Following this decision, the cruise industry will be able to resume operations without adhering to the CDC’s unlawful and discriminatory rules.

“I’m glad to see the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals reverse its prior decision and free the cruise lines from unlawful CDC mandates, which effectively mothballed the industry for more than a year,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “The importance of this case extends beyond the cruise industry. From here on out a federal bureau will be on thin legal and constitutional ice if and when it attempts to exercise such sweeping authority that is not explicitly delineated by law.”

The federal district court in Tampa initially delivered the major victory for Governor Ron DeSantis against the CDC on June 18. Since then, the state has continued to fight the CDC in court over its obstructionist No-Sail Orders. Earlier today, the State of Florida filed an Emergency Application to Vacate the Eleventh Circuit’s Stay on the Preliminary Injunction. Following today’s ruling by the Eleventh Circuit, the cruise industry will be able to resume operations immediately.