Sunday Talks: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Shares Plans to Reopen…

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis discusses his plans to reopen the economy on a county-by-county basis starting tomorrow, May 4th. Broward and Dade counties will remain in their current status, but restrictions will be removed for other counties based on the status of their current healthcare system.

Florida has a high population of elderly residents and Governor DeSantis walks through the testing protocols he will use as part of the ongoing reopening process.

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119 Responses to Sunday Talks: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Shares Plans to Reopen…

  1. Doc Joe says:

    DeSantis is no totalitarian!

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  2. Peoria Jones says:

    Given the complexity of the FL landscape, Gov. DeSantis is brilliant. I wish I could live there again.

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    • Mac says:

      WTF??? There is no “complexity” to Florida. The answer is simple, open the GD state. Those people who are in the high risk class can stay in their homes and have Uber deliver their groceries. Most of them are on fixed incomes from state and federal retirement and Social Security programs. They don’t work. Let the people who work for a living go back to work and start living their lives. The people of Florida have spent the last six weeks congregating in supermarkets all over the state, without masks, and they are not dropping like flies, even in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.So, why do we need further restrictions?

      DeSantis is an Establishment shill, just like Scott and Bush. He is a McCain RINO and a putz. He caters go the Dems and liberals in the state. He wants to allow the two largest counties in Florida, containing almost half the population of the state, in virtual lock down. For what reason? And, the more he appears on television the dumber he looks. Ir would be nice if this clown would represent me as well as the Dems in this state. After all, he IS supposed to be a Republican.

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      • Peoria Jones says:

        Beg pardon, but FL is a very complex state, demographically. There are highly concentrated urban areas, and rural farm areas. There are many senior retirees, and the youngsters who serve them. There are permanent residents who own waterfront property, and vacationers who temporarily visit.

        Florida is a state like no other. It is unique. I currently live in another unique state…Illinois. People often don’t understand the nuances of these big states. All in all, I’d much rather be back in Florida. Guv Prickster can’t hold a candle to DeSantis.

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        • Ninja7 says:

          PJ, Guess that is why Prickster’s wife drove down to Florida, avoiding her husband’s extended look down. 🤔🤔

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        • Peoria Jones says:

          Oh, and by the way…FL is not just complex demographically, but also geographically and economically. It’s fascinating, if one’s interested. 🙂

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        • Mac says:

          So, what is your point? Of course there are old people in Florida. There are a whole slew of them in the St Pete, Sarasota and the Tampa Bay area , Ft. Myers and Naples. None of those areas are in the only three counties still under lock down, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach. Urban areas? Sure there are. But Orlando/Orange County, Jacksonville/Duval County and the Tampa bay area, all densely populated areas, all are opening up tomorrow. I have already told you what senior citizens can do, if they are concerned about the virus. As for youngsters, the data shows that this virus has little effect on youngsters. And what the heck does waterfront property have to do with anything? So, explain to me why the GUV is allowing the local politicians to hold half the citizens of the state hostage while he opens up the rest of the state? I could see it, if he was trying to woo the citizens of these counties for reelection, but none of these counties is going to ever vote for him. They voted 2-3:1 against him in 2018.

          So, why is allowing this again? Give me one good reason, rather than some vague argument that Florida is complicated.

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          • Judith says:

            I’ll take a wild guess: Could these be the high-density areas with the most SARS-COV-2 cases in the state?

            Notice that I did *not* state “the most COVID-19 positives,” since the majority of cases self-resolve without incident. Statistically speaking, the lung disease SARS-COV-2 is by far the most serious complication that overwhelms both patients and hospital systems.

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            • Mac says:

              So what? The hospitals are not overwhelmed in any of these counties. And most of the COVID deaths in these counties come from nursing homes and retirement centers, which can be easily shut down. If the COVID cases are already hospitalized, how does keeping healthy people confined to their homes with no income help any of these people? Got anymore simplistic non-answers that I can sink for you?

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              • Pa Hermit says:

                A whole lotta cases of kung flu and few deaths. Just like the regular flu we get every year. OPEN THE COUNTRY. Pandemic my @$$! It’s all about control!

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          • Peoria Jones says:

            Waterfront = either wealthy owners, or transient vacationers (to answer your question). There’s some disparity between residents and say, for example, spring breakers. It’s a seasonal thing, and part of the culture.

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          • James says:

            Say Mac,ever dawn on you what site you are on.It is the CTH and run by Sundance,aFloridian.I am very positive that if something upset him,he would have said something.

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            • Mac says:

              I disagree with Sundance on many things. When I do disagree with his position, I always provided reasoned argument as to why. I am always available to discuss anything. But, in this case, no one has presented a single valid reason why the Gold Coast should not be reopened with the rest of the state. As to Sundance not being upset, that might well be because he does not reside in the Gold Coast counties but in a county which is reopening.

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          • Seneca the Elder says:

            Mac- if you think Florida is bad, you should try being in NY.
            We would kill to have someone like DeSantis.

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          • Seneca the Elder says:

            Mac- if you think Florida is bad, you should try being in NY.
            We would kill to have someone like DeSantis.

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          • TexanInFL says:

            And the areas where they are locked down are predominately Democrats…which to me is a little comeuppance because they bash DeSantis no-stop. I want Florida opened period. People who are at risk, STAY HOME. The rest of us need to get back to work. My husband (retired Navy CMC) is a facilities manager at an oceanfront resort in Perdido Key. He hasn’t had to lay anyone off yet, but if the DeSantis doesn’t open the state it will happen. The “rental” program is shut down by DeSantis…the owners who own the properties are renting, on their own, just because it would devastate them economically. I’m fed up with this…. this has turned into a nightmare. Are we going to do this EVERYTIME we have some flu, virus, stubbed toe?

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        • uselogic19 says:

          Agree. In part. I wish he’d open up sooner. There was never a reason for stay-at-home by the data. But we’re a purple state now and that complicates the crap out of things. I gave a couple hundred to his campaign. So, yes, were better off than having a Dem…or even a full fledged RINO like Dewine or Ducey. But I still have qualms about his one size fits all response and slow roll open. I get the circumstances but it’s wrong on principle.

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      • Sammy says:

        Go yell at moon you troll LOL

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      • Abolt says:

        I agree. I’ve lived in Florida since 1968. DeSantis closed us down with a EO. He can open us up the same way. He’s a follower, not a leader. We don’t need all these BS phases to open up. He’s a coward and is just seeking cover by following Faucis guidelines. He’s better than a democrat, but that’s the most that can be said.

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        • Alligator Gar says:

          I did not vote for Governor TellMeWhatToDoTrump. I voted aganst Gillum. Putnam was and is my choice. He was the ONLY cabinet member to buck that azzhole Scott over firing Bailey at FDLE in favor of promoting Scott’s favorite security detail cop to head FDLE. I did not vote for Scott, ever. That Missouri invader can GTFO. Old, inland, rural Florida did not vote for Guvnah NotANative DeSantis (last I checked, DeSantis isn’t a Cracker name and no Florida counties are named DeSantis…we DO have a Putnam County, though. Just sayin’.).

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          • Somebody says:

            Hold up Alligator Gar, DeSantis is in fact a Florida native. He was born in Jacksonville, but spent most of his life in Dunedin, graduating from HS there.

            Putnam? Mr. COC, Mr. Big Money Lobby, Bushie?

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          • Marc says:

            Ah, the Good Ole’ Boy system. Southern politics at it’s swampiest.

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            • Alligator Gar says:

              There’s not a Good Ole Boy system going on here? Give me a break. DeSantis doesn’t make a move without getting his DC marching orders. Swampiest of swamp indeed. F him. And just ’cause a cat has kittens in the oven, it doesn’t make them biscuits. DeSantis is NOT a cracker name. Double F him.

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              • Somebody says:

                What is your obsession is with his surname? Do you have ANY concept or idea of the history of the state in which you live? Sounds like you haven’t a clue.

                As someone that was once involved in politics in this state, I assure you we have a good ole boy network and no DeSantis is NOT part of that nor is he or was he part of the DC swamp. Did you have no awareness of him when he was a congressman?

                He’s not perfect, but your insults and complaints are baseless.

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      • alligatriot says:

        Your frustration is heard loud and clear, Mac.
        All the governors and community leaders are facing the same issue President Trump is, namely, how best to “reopen” the economy. The “phase” approach is their current recommendation.
        It would be great if we could flip a big switch back to “on” and get back to work. If you don’t understand the reasons that it won’t work, then it’s possible your personal frustration may be clouding otherwise sound judgement.

        Your negative views on Gov. DeSantis indicate you may have longed for a Putnam governorship. Honestly don’t know which would have been better. Hopefully, we can agree we dodged a huge bullet named Gillum.

        Hope your personal situation works out positively and hope the state recovers quickly.

        Old person here, heading back inside to lock the doors and wait for food to be delivered – not.

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        • Mac says:

          Why can’t you just flip a switch, rescind the EO and open the state? I keep hearing people say that, but they never present any clear substantial reasons for it? if you are arguing that the economy will not come roaring back, immediately, because the pols threw us into a recession/depression which will take months if not years to recover from, how is a “phased recovery” going to make that any better? If you are saying that by “phasing in” an economic recovery the politicians will have more time to attempt to bail out small businesses and cover their own a**es so that the people will not realize that their actions destroyed the future for a significant number of people in the country, you might be onto something. If the “phased” recovery is being done so that politicians will not have to admit that they were wrong and that they needlessly destroyed the livelihood of untold numbers of their citizens, you might be right as well. But there is no reason why the restrictions can not be lifted immediately and allow the society and economy to handle the virus and the insane economic restrictions imposed by politicians and get on the road to recovery.

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          • alligatriot says:

            The “open the state now” is a great idea. I’m all for it. But think about what that would mean.
            Yay, let’s all go out to eat tonight! The restaurant owner needs time to order product, re-hire staff, prepare new menus based on what product they can get and at what price.
            Many businesses will face similar issues if we say: “We’re open.”

            Yeah, the “phase” approach may be designed to cover butts, but it also helps by giving folks a cushion to prepare a return to where we were a few weeks ago.

            Not saying any of this is to excuse the very likely hoax perpetrated on the nation. But now that we’re here, what to do next can be debated all night. (Hah, just look at this one thread on one website!)

            Until I’m in the decision-maker’s shoes, I’ll yell a lot but do my best to understand what’s best for all of us instead of what I’d really like to have.

            Good night, y’all. Early day tomorrow. Fish to be caught.

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            • Ken Maritch says:

              The restaurants are quite capable of managing their own phasing.

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              • uselogic19 says:

                Yup. Went to nearby Longhorn for our “opening day”. Was seamless. Two tables apart. Placebo masks on all employees. It’s all a BS game but ya gotta play. I’m dining at a local restaurant tomorrow night. They just weren’t ready for Monday.

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          • Trump Train says:

            Probably because of the fake news suppression polls supposedly saying 70+% of Florida voters think its to early. GOD help us if there really are that many ignorant and uninformed people in my state…………well actually there are give how close the last election was.

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            • Debra Glassman says:

              I guess we weren’t polled. Two elderly people, in our 70’s, in Palm Beach County say open everything up immediately!

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              • TiredinLA says:

                AMEN! Time will tell that the reason why CA and FL Covid deaths are so much less is because of the temp! Virus’s die off at low 70 degrees and at least 50% humidity! Open us up in the south! Let people go outside where they are the safest! If you’re worried and think it’s too early, stay home, SIMPLE!

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          • dbobway says:

            Mac, I never thought we should have shutdown at all.
            But we did. My Wife works for a small restaurant chain in NC, small, they laid off 3,000 people March 14th.
            So here is the part, where the President and his staff, took the advice of ‘science’ and shut us down, because our President cares about the lives of the people he leads, over everything. It is his # 1 responsibility. Well, science lied to him, and I suspect he planned on that.
            So. our restaurant chain got their money from PPP. Corporate is going back to work, right now. PPP forces them to spend money on specific things, workers, insurance, rent and utilities to start up again. They have 35 stores. It will take them 6 weeks to get re staffed and and restocked. Some stores will be ready to open next week. States without dictators, will let that happen.
            Governor De Santis will not do anything to keep business from ramping up. Hopefully the state is securing the elderly, where they live, but not denying, them their freedom to move about. Because he can’t. He is trying to keep the crazy ass people who think the sky is falling, to, at least acknowledge, he cares about their well being. Think verbal pacifier.
            This virus is going to go where it wants and kill who it wants, and no politician can change that. Now hospitals ‘can’ make a difference, so that was the reason for the shutdown. This is where the CDC and W.H.O. came in and politically handcuffed our country with misinformation. They swore to the oath of their, god of science, the hospitals would be over run and people would be dying in the streets.
            President Trump would have been slaughtered by every leader in the world, every leftist who breaths, if he didn’t do something.Those same leaders who call us alleys, need Donald Trump to save the world. They are now, all on his side, or pathologically stupid. America is going to save the world for a third time.
            Of course, we have to help him. Not by laying in the fetal position and sucking our thumb, but being smart, proactive and open this country up. We don’t need instructions, from anybody to do that. He is counting on us. Get to work, Americans.

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            • Mac says:

              So, if our political leaders were so concerned about lives lost to viral diseases, where was the shut down when 23,000 flu deaths occurred in the US before March 1, 2020. 0r the 60,000 flu deaths in 2019 and a similar number in 2018? What was the difference between the fatality rate for the flu and that of COVID? Only the hyped fake news put out by the media and screwball “scientists”. Now, while I do not blame Trump for following the advice of what are turning out to be Quislings in the science and medical community, it serves to make my point. Where were the overflowing hospitals, except in the NYC tri-state area? Where were the bodies lying in the street? And this, when we were herding every member of our society into grocery stores without face masks. These experts are either incompetent boobs or liars, take your pick.

              Now, these same idiots are are arguing that we will all die if people go back to work. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

              Also, why can’t a business do its rehiring, restocking, etc. while the economy is open? They can then open whenever they are ready. Are business owners too stupid to be allowed to run their own businesses?

              The phase in is simply a way for the people who screwed everything up to cover their a**es. Throw the switch and let people handle their own lives without be governed by incompetent boobs.

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              • dbobway says:

                They are doing that in NC. I’m right in mainstreet witnessing a restaurant chain reloading as we speak. But when the butts are in the seats is what is going to matter.
                If not by June 1st, we’re in big trouble. The people, all of us are going to have to do this, on our own. Fortunately, most of these businesses are getting some money to do this.
                Your last paragraph is what has to happen Mack. When it get’s hot and the virus goes thru the motion that cannot be stopped. We have to overwhelm the tyranny. Don’t take no for an answer. The Federal lock down is over. Governors need to learn to govern, instead of oppress. The smart governors will win. the tyrannical governors will lose bigly.
                This is the reckoning.
                It has arrived, it is no longer on the way.
                The big ugly is now.

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      • realitycheck6 says:

        Dont forget he screwed Palm Beach County as well

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      • Tom says:

        Absolutely correct there is a Publix on every street corner that have been serving the public. No outbreak there. Open up the churches open up the gyms and open the restaurants stop playing politics

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      • bgtomli says:

        Orlando theme parks entertain folks from the world, many from SA, especially Brazil, whose population is suffering badly from the pandemic. Add supporting industries and workers. This is one way to reignite the virus in central Florida quickly don’t you think?

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        • cantcforest says:

          I think your concern for the theme parks being a risk is valid bgtomli. However, as a high-risk person, I’ll do what I think needs to be done as life goes on. Open the businesses up and get the well being of the nation back to where it was.

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        • TexanInFL says:

          Those theme parks are breeding grounds for every virus that comes down the pike…good grief..you gonna shut down every time someone coughs?

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      • petszmom says:

        Mac, you have confused desantis with abbott from here in texas.

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  3. Magabear says:

    For those Floridians upset that DeSantis hasn’t done well enough (room for improvement I’m sure), you could have people like Whitmer, Wolf, Inslee and kkk coonman ruling over you. 😒

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    • vikingmom says:

      I will trade Inslee for DeSantis any day of the week and twice on Sundays!!

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    • oldumb says:

      Not sucking isn’t really the standard, though.

      This is just the beginning folks. The 40 and under are being trained in government and since they don’t know any better (bad learn’n) this is going to happen frequently.

      Just stop. Get the governors to step off their executive order BS and let free people be free. KEY WORD FREE.

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    • Don’t forget Newsom and Inslee. I am sure there are more.

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    • sudsy49 says:

      Throw Sisolak (NV) and Newsom into that mix as well. I’ll take DeSantis any day.

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    • Rotor says:

      You could have a Crooked, Socialist, Meth Head.
      DeSantis is doing just fine.

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    • dufrst says:

      I agree. I see DeSantis as amazing compared to Gavin Newsom who I have to live under. So please, let’s support our red state governors who are doing light years better than their blue state counterpart. One thing Republicans are good at is running down their own. You have a young, popular, conservative governor battling the media and all you see to do is to run him down. I despise the purists in the GOP. It’s all or nothing to them. The Dems are always in lock step when it comes to gaining power. They fight after they get power. GOPers? Nope, gotta fight and divide ourselves before the darn election and lose out. It’s ridiculous.

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    • Linda K. says:

      Don’t forget Gavin Newsome. I’d switch with you if I could.

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    • TexanInFL says:

      Good point, Magabear, I’m frustrated as hell with him, but I’m glad we have him and NOT “Going to a wedding, caught with a male escort loaded on crack” Gillum…

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    • uselogic19 says:

      Not necessarily a binary choice. We’ve got Ron (I contributed) and don’t mind criticizing his performance. Here’s hoping he listens, evaluates and learns. Unlike all those you listed. Not sure if he will but at least we have hope.

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  4. Alec Hagel says:

    DeSantis 2024

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  5. cobblestone404 says:

    Level headed pro, alas, smart voters. Duh, they’re Americans.

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  6. Cathy M. says:

    Speaking of Florida . . .

    AWESOME!!!

    WATCH: Trump supporters held a boat parade in Palm Beach on Sunday.

    FIVE HUNDRED BOATS PARTICIPATED IN THIS 1.5 HOUR BOAT PARADE!

    https://twitchy.com/gregp-3534/2020/05/03/watch-trump-supporters-held-a-boat-parade-in-palm-beach-on-sunday/

    PRICELESS!
    I’m guessing that this incident spurred the parade.

    Boat owner forced to take down Trump flag on his dock gives his neighbors a special surprise

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  7. jay says:

    Governor D rocks!
    Florida is back in business!

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    • Mac says:

      Not all of it, apparently. It looks as thought only those counties which voted for Desantis get to open up.

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      • Somebody says:

        Yep that’s it Mac, you figured it out, you caught the tater. 🙄 He’s punishing those 3 counties.

        Could it possibly have to do with the fact that those 3 counties have 60% of the covid-19 cases in the state, yet 29% of the population 🤔 Nah, probably not a factor at all, I’m sure it’s retribution for not voting for him.

        Look I don’t know what the plan is. I don’t see how going forward those counties remain on a different opening schedule short of roadblocks and quasi martial law. I really don’t see that happening. However, I think it’s clear the majority of the cases, hospitalization and deaths are concentrated in SE Florida. In other words they are a hotspot.

        It appears DeSantis is looking for a 2 week downward trend, those counties aren’t there. The rest of the state is, some counties have been there and never had a problem. Franklin county only had 1 case, a GA state legislator that tested positive and came to his beach house to quarantine🙄.

        I think DeSantis fears SE Florida becoming like NYC. He has to balance that with the fact that people move toward freedom and safety. People from NY fled down here to escape. Treating SE Florida differently might work for a week, anything beyond that, people will flee and/or protest and eventually riot.

        I assure you he wants that part of the state open too, it’s a big part of the state’s economy. Let’s see what the plans are this week.

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        • “People from NY fled down here to escape.” Bingo. I saw it with my own eyes. As soon as Gov. Cuomo tried to lock up everyone in huge NYC, we observed a tsunami of pale-faced NorthEasterners packing their kids into cars and planes into South Florida. Suddenly , bunking with air mattresses in Grandma’s Condo was cool. She had a pool and a golf course. Their snot-nosed arrogance, completely ignorant that killing Granny and Gramps could be a consequence, quickly closed up the beaches and links. Palm Beach County was quiet prior to Gov. D having to stop the airliners from NY, and southbound invaders on I-95 at the Georgia line. This was obvious, since it occurred at a time when ‘snowbirds’ were normally preparing to go back northward in April, late March.

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      • Amy2 says:

        Hmmmm…Alachua County home of the University of Florida is requiring all essential employees and their customers to wear face masks as of today. Is that one of the counties you are referring to? Didn’t think so. Move or stop whining. You’ve made your point.

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    • Mac says:

      Apparently only those counties that voted for him in 2018.

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    • Alligator Gar says:

      Nope. I still can’t visit my barber. I still can’t go to the beach or a favorite restaurant any time I damn well please with as many friends as I damn well please. He’s a Tyrant. An unConstitutional Tyrant. We need to tar and feather this two-foot tall Napoleon and NEVER give the jerk another term! Down with Little Man DeSantis! F Him and the horse he rode in on. I see so many ‘closed’ and ‘for sale’ signs on small businesses here in my small rural Florida county, it’s heartbreaking–as bad as the Obozo years! And don’t lecture me on Witless and Gruesome! Trump foisted this jerk on Florida when he rallied for DeSantis! This is on the President. DeSantis is Trump’s puppet.

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      • Judith says:

        Aren’t you the one who ranted that all boomers need to just die and get out of your way? You and Oprah should get a room.

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      • Annie says:

        if you are going to rage on..at least get a fact straight re.he is two-foot tall!! Little Man!! WTH!! he’s at least 6 ft.,,Please grow up!!!

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      • Somebody says:

        Enough Alligator Gar, ENOUGH! Almost every state shut down. This is a disease that impacts seniors at a higher rate, guess what FL has a lot of?

        It isn’t just Florida or US states either it is most of the world. Why do you think that is? Could it have something to do with this coming from an area of China with a level 4 lab? Or the fact that China has an active bio-weapons program located guess where Wuhan. Or the fact that China lied their ass off and hoarded PPE and isolated Wuhan?

        Is it at all possible that any of those things factored in? That leaders the world over had no idea what China had unleashed.

        Go ahead and bitch and moan, that’s still allowed in the USA last I checked. But don’t you think for one minute things would have been any different with the meth head or with your sainted Putnam. In fact I bet you Putnam’s reaction would have been more akin to DeWine in Ohio that is after he got his pasty ass out from under his desk and changed his underwear. We’ll never know.

        Bitch and moan and vote for a democrat for Governor because that is going to be your choice. DeSantis or a democrat. Maybe Cuomo will retire to Florida so you can vote for him, better yet maybe Whitmer will move down here. You can protest by not voting…..that’ll show him.

        By and large Florida’s response has been one of the better. We moved quickly to get PPE, test sites, etc. Most people in other states recognize that. I tell you what, since you know so much why don’t you run for office? If you do and you make it to the big chair, better order a case of extra underwear. I have a feeling you’ll need to change them frequently should you actually have to make decisions rather than bitching, moaning and criticizing from your keyboard anonymously.

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      • randyinrocklin says:

        Troll.

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    • uselogic19 says:

      We’re getting there. To slow by half but it’s at least a start.

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  8. bullnuke says:

    Still can’t comprehend the fact that Florida voters almost elected Gillum as their governor. Born and raised there, must be the flood of yankees and illegals.

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    • Mac says:

      There are a lot of Dems and liberals in Florida. They all moved here from the Northeast and Chicago. But, only 2/3 of the registered voters in Florida even voted for governor in 2018. And, DeSantis barely beat a no-name mayor from a small town in North Florida with no name recognition and who was under active investigation by the FBI for public corruption, even running on Trump’s coat tails. Would you bet on that horse?

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      • California Joe says:

        ….and apparently is a gay cocaine addict who likes male prostitutes even though he’s married and has children!

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      • jay says:

        Tallahassee is the Capital of the State of Florida.
        Gillum was the Mayor of Tallahassee.

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        • Mac says:

          Tallahassee is a government and college town of less than 200,000 people. It is not a big city. Virtually no one in the rest of the state has any idea who the mayor of that little burg is. AS with many states, the capital city of Florida is a little, inconsequential town which just happens to be the seat of government.

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      • randyinrocklin says:

        Troll.

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    • uselogic19 says:

      Oh, yeah. We’re purple leaning blue now because of migration. And because of that, enough TDS to power everyone’s air conditioning. DeSantis didn’t help with a lack of ad spending in the critical last quarter before the 2018 election.

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  9. Nigella says:

    Is it just me, or does it seem we have some trolls here?To stay on topic… I think DeSantis is doing a good job

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      “To stay on topic”

      Me thinks that there is some “Monday morning quarterbacking” being done by some stressed and frustrated folks. The only thing I have to say is get yourself elected to a statewide Governorship – THEN you can “Show Us How It’s Done”.

      Complicated business, folks. The owner/CEO of several companies in the Bristol Tennessee vicinity once told me that on most decisions he had to make, no one was going to be 100% happy with the decision.

      The comment was a response to my statement that GW Bush did not sell any “Bunker Buster” bombs to Israel on his way out the door after BHO was elected.

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      • Deplorable_Infidel says:

        “no one was going to be 100% happy with the decision.”

        Should have typed:

        “Not every person was going to be 100% happy with the decision”
        OR
        “you cannot please 100% of the people 100% of the time”.

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    • jay says:

      Remember the movie Willard?
      🐀 🐀 🐀 🐀 🐀 🐀 🐀 🐀 🐀 🐀 🐀 everywhere!

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    • Mac says:

      You entitled to your opinion on whether DeSantis is doing a good job or not. And I am entitled to mine. We have people o this site touting DeSantis for President in 2024. Really? Well then they had better have a really good idea who this guy is and how well he performs. So far, he has followed the lead of most of the politicians in the country and shut down his state’s economy with no evidence that the COVID virus is anywhere near as danger as it was portrayed b y the media. Now that we are getting solid evidence which strongly suggest that the virus is little more dangerous that seasonal flu and that the shutdowns have thrown this nation into a recession, if not a depression, he wants to leave ineffective restrictions in place. Such leadership. His big self touted accomplishment is that he was doing road construction projects while people were out of work, pursuant to his order. Yep, that is an accomplishment to run a national campaign on. Excuse me if I’m not overly impressed.

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      • jay says:

        Respectfully disagree.

        The RATS write DeSantis marched to a different turn because they thought that inappropriate.

        https://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2020/03/24/dumbest-s-desantis-takes-heat-as-he-goes-his-own-way-on-coronavirus-1268818

        ‘Dumbest s—’: DeSantis takes heat as he goes his own way on coronavirus
        The Florida governor is in the spotlight as cases multiply.

        By MATT DIXON 03/24/2020 11:34 AM EDT
        TALLAHASSEE — While New York, California and other states shutter their economies to keep the coronavirus at bay, Gov. Ron DeSantis is refusing to follow the herd.
        His cure-can’t-be-worse-than-the-disease approach has put the Republican governor under a glaring spotlight locally and nationally as cases of the virus in Florida surge past 1,400. It’s a philosophy that aligns DeSantis with other conservatives, including President Donald Trump and Florida House Speaker Jose Oliva, a Republican with a strong libertarian bent.

        On Tuesday, state Senate Democrats began papering the governor’s office with letters urging him to issue a shelter-in-place order.
        “That is the dumbest s— I have heard in a long time,” said state Sen. Oscar Braynon (D-Miami Gardens). “This is a day-by-day crisis. Italy damn near saw 1,000 people die in one day, and there are people proclaiming we got this and have it solved in 15 days?”
        DeSantis has grown only more defiant. On Monday, instead of buckling to political pressure to issue a shelter-in-place order, he said he would restrict visitors coming into the state from coronavirus hot spots including New York. And he’s now literally ignoring pleas from Florida Democrats to be more aggressive.

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        • icthematrix says:

          Indeed, despite some who want it all, right now, Gov. DeSantis has been a leader on timing and relative application on shutdowns. We live in a large state with very diverse regions and a huge population. Despite being a meca for travel/cruise ships, a vacation center for hundreds of thousands of north easterners who were the epicenter of this crap, and the highest ratio of elderly (THE target killing demographic of CV19), Florida’s infection and mortality rates are very low. I think DeSantis timed our entry into and out of shelter in place about as well as one could given these factors. We never shut doesn’t construction or a lot of other businesses that some states did. We are better poised to recover quicker.

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        • Mac says:

          The only thing that changed between late march and when DeSantis shut down the state’s economy was bad press. In fact, the actual infection rate kept climbing all across the country and this drove the fatality rate down to near seasonal flu levels. Before the end of march, DeSantis was actually doing a good job. He was keeping the state open and everyone, outside of the media and certain Democrat pols, was happy. Only the SE counties were putting any real restrictions in place and they proved to be totally ineffective. But, DeSantis caved to media pressure and shut down the state economy. Did that stop the fatalities from occurring anywhere in the state in the last month, including the Gold Coast? No. So, now all we have to do, in Florida, is to return to the bygone days of yesteryear [2 months ago] and remove the restrictions and let the people get on with their lives. Instead, DeSantis is towing the “phased opening” line and getting hammered by both the right AND the left. This is what happens when you try to straddle the fence.

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      • randyinrocklin says:

        Troll alert.

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  10. Tiffthis says:

    Meanwhile, dough boy pritzker sent his family to Fl, wonder if they had to me quarantined for 2 weeks first?

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  11. dufrst says:

    DeSantis is a potential MAGA successor if he keeps this up and continues the great work he’s been doing in Florida. Florida is always a key state and we finally have a GOP governor there that can play nationally if things break the right way (unlike Jeb).

    Some purists are being overly sensitive and critical of DeSantis but given the wide disparity in cases across his state, I think it’s prudent for him to take a decentralized approach based on the date while protecting the most vulnerable. Taking it all through the phases assures everyone that the state is on the road to reopening and will do so together like putting pieces of a puzzle as Trump says until the last piece, in this case county, is declared open for business!

    As a person who is stuck under the tyranny of Gavin Newsome here in CA, I greatly admire the strides being taken by red state governors like DeSantis, Abbott of Texas and Kemp of Georgia in reopening their states far more aggressively than their blue state counterparts, who are taking this opportunity rule the people.

    We have to support these governor even if they aren’t moving as fast as we like because the politics of this is so important to what will happen in the fall for Trump. Think about it. If DeSantis fails in FL, Trump could be in trouble. Same with Kemp. Same with Abbott. Trump is watching those key states like a hawk and so, if DeSantis is being careful, I will greatly bet it’s at the behest of Trump, so please to all the purists, cut them some slack!

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  12. Trump MAGA Boat Rally, May 3, 2020

    From Jupiter to Mar a Lago, 600 signed up, estimated 1,000 boats, while thousands cheered from wharfs and bridges. Take that Mr Fauci !

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  13. Spurwing Plover says:

    Lets vote to have all Liberal Democrat Politicians report to prison and give them al 15 to 20 years in Prison

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  14. paulashley says:

    Many commenters are taking to task those who are critical of the governor. While it may be that DeSantis is opening sooner than others, I think it’s healthy to see this performance as only relatively better than that of other leaders. When placed in the context that the shutdown and masking was most likely never necessary, and it definitely isn’t now, nothing short of a mea culpa and a total reversal of course is truly good. If we happily acquiesce to the phased approach given current evidence, and retain no anger at what’s been done, thanking our rulers for letting us out of the house but not yet across the street, we’re in bread and circuses territory.

    For myself, regardless of the party my governor is in, I’ll not unequivocally praise him for undoing what he never should have done.

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