The state of Florida filed a lawsuit against the federal government Thursday, demanding that it allow cruise ships to sail from US ports immediately – more than a year after the coronavirus pandemic triggered the shutdown of the industry.
The suit — filed in the US District Court in Tampa against the Biden administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Department of Health Human Services — seeks to overturn the “unlawful” no-sail order issued by the CDC in March of last year.
“I am happy to announce that on behalf of the tens of thousands of Floridians whose livelihood depends on the viability of an open cruise industry, today Florida is fighting back,” Gov. Ron DeSantis declared during a press conference at the Port of Miami.
Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Sea cruise ship is docked at PortMiami on March 2, 2021 in Miami, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images
“We don’t believe the federal government has