Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantis appeals to court with CDC on COVID-19 rules for cruise ships Memo: Trump has been reduced but has not disappeared in Cuba, Haiti poses major challenges for Florida Democrats MORE (R) said Monday that his state will fight a recent court ruling that left CDC restrictions on cruise ships amid the coronavirus pandemic.
While DeSantis was considering the recent ruling at a news conference, he said his administration would “absolutely pursue” its legal options, either in the same court that issued the new ruling or in the U.S. Supreme Court.
A panel from the 11th U.S. Court of Appeals has decided to concede the temporary stay in a 2-1 decision late on Saturday. The decision came shortly before an earlier order blocking the rules of Judge Steven Merryday of the Middle District of Florida was about to take effect, Reuters reported.
The last-minute decision came months after DeSantis announced the state’s lawsuit against the federal government, arguing that the CDC exceeded its authority with sailing orders and health requirements for cruise ships.
Following the agency’s orders, cruise ships were required to comply with a set of test and safety measures before they could take to the water after a number of COVID-19 outbreaks were recorded on cruises last year.
In his comments in Poinciana, Florida, on Monday, DeSantis said he believes the state “likely” will take its legal battle “to the full 11th Circuit en banc.”
“I think most courts at this time have had their limit with the CDC issuing these dictations without a firm legal basis. So I am convinced that we will win at the full 11th circuit, ”he said.
“Honestly, I am convinced that we are winning at the US Supreme Court,” the governor added, saying he believes the ongoing legal battle is bigger than his state’s case.
“One of the reasons we did it was not just that it is an important industry for our state. We are committed to it, but it raises a bigger issue, ”said DeSantis. “Can you just have an agency and the government without Congress ever passing a law that basically shuts down an industry? Maybe you do not care about the cruise industry, but next time it may be your industry. ”
However, DeSantis’ efforts have been met with pushback not only from Biden administration officials, but also in the cruise industry.
Earlier this month, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings filed a lawsuit against the state’s surgeon general over its ban on vaccine passports. The company said the legal challenge was a “last resort” effort to try to prevent the state from implementing the ban.
“An irregular, misleading intrusion threatens to destroy NCLH’s careful planning and force it to cancel or bump up upcoming cruises, thereby preventing and impairing passengers’ experiences and inflicting irreparable damage of large dimensions,” the company said at the time.
The editorial board of the Miami Herald, one of the largest newspapers in the state, also did not chop words in a hard piece aimed at the governor on Monday, calling its recent promise to continue the legal battle “a bad look” as COVID-19 infections rise in the state.
“Perhaps DeSantis has been able to wipe out the horrific days of 2020, when cruise ships with infected passengers were rejected from ports around the world as they suffered and died on board. Well, we do not have that, ”the board wrote, calling it“ even more insane ”given that“ cruise ships like Norwegian actually agree with the rules. ”
“The governor needs to have a fun definition of winning if it means bringing more COVID to Florida. As far as the CDC is concerned, it does not sound to us as if the agency is the one issuing dictations here, ”it added.