Local Florida COVID Orders Suspended By Governor DeSantis


ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – On Monday, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that he is using his executive powers to terminate all local COVID-19 orders. Orders effective immediately.

A news conference was held at a St. Petersburg restaurant. The governor signed a bill limiting the state’s and local government’s ability to shut down businesses and schools during an emergency.

“The bill ensures that neither the state or local governments can close businesses or keep kids out of in-person instruction unless they satisfy a demanding and continuous justification,” he said.

According to Governor Ron, DeSantis the decisions were “evidence-based.”

“I think folks that are saying they need to be policing people at this point — if you’re saying that, you really are saying you don’t believe in the vaccines. You don’t believe in the data, you don’t believe in the science. We’ve embraced the vaccines. We’ve embraced the science on it,” Governor DeSantis said.

Opinions from other leaders in South Florida

Local leaders in South Florida say they feel blindsided by the move, which they feel is too early.

“It does not make sense to me as to how the governor has simply declared that the crisis is over,” Broward County Mayor Steve Geller said. “This demonstrates that he seems to care more about politics than the public safety in the state of Florida.”

Geller said attorneys are checking if the measure is even legal.

During his news conference at The Big Catch at Salt Creek, DeSantis criticized other states’ handling of the coronavirus pandemic, as well as strict regulations imposed in certain cities in the Sunshine State.

He also used Washington, D.C.’s ban on dancing at weddings as one example of an area where he believes leaders have taken restrictions too far.

DeSantis said COVID-19-related fines will be remitted for individuals and businesses and said the new law will not only affect local governments but will also allow the Florida Legislature to overturn a governor’s executive order if it is deemed to infringe upon an individual’s rights and liberties.

The law will go into effect on July 1 but the order is already in effect.

“It feels like he’s spiking the ball on the 10-yard line,” said Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber, whose city is within a county that was among the hardest hit by the coronavirus outbreak.

“He’s been following political ideology more than science during this whole pandemic.”

Coral Gables Mayor Vince Lago said in a statement that his city “abides by state law.”

“However, we will continue to encourage our residents and visitors to wear masks and follow social distancing and CDC guidelines,” Lago added.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said she is concerned because we are still in an emergency situation and the economy is still struggling and not everyone is vaccinated. She also vowed to do everything she can to protect residents and businesses.

“I’m deeply concerned by this decision,” Levine Cava later said in a statement released by her office. “We are still in a public health emergency and our economy has not fully rebounded from the crisis. Fewer than half of our residents have been vaccinated, and we face a growing threat from variants.

“I urge our community to continue using common sense to prevent the spread of the virus and most importantly, to get vaccinated — our best and the only path forward to truly put the pandemic behind us. And I urge the Governor to commit resources to help to educate and persuade Floridians to get vaccinated as we continue doing everything we can at the local level to make vaccines as accessible as possible and to motivate our community to take the shot.”

Local leaders are encouraging businesses to still uphold rules geared for public safety. Private businesses can still dictate rules, such as requiring mask-wearing, if they wish.

“No matter what the governor says, you need to be smart,” Gelber said. “The CDC says if you’re indoors, you should be wearing a mask.”

Gaetz career is over? – Matt’s sex scandal threatens his career


Gaetz’s rising scandal may be the reason for the end of his political career even though he refuses to resign from Congress.

On Wednesday, the news that Matt Gaetz may be responsible for a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old surfaced all over the internet. The Florida congressman who was the former president Donald Trump’s most visible advocate now has been tangled in a case that may damage his career. His attempts to explain himself only made the situation more confusing and less weighted on his end. The investigation regarding these accusations is now underway.

The Justice Department is reportedly investigating payments Gaetz and an indicted Florida politician, former Seminole County tax collector Joel Greenberg, made to women allegedly recruited online for sex. The investigation is also looking into whether Gaetz had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl.

According to the Times, the investigation in question is centered around the recruitment of women for sex, and the FBI has questioned multiple women in an attempt to stitch together the nature of Gaetz’s involvement. The Times reviewed Cash App and Apple Pay receipts that showed payments from both Gaetz and Joel Greenberg, a former Florida official and initial focus of the investigation, to one of the women. People familiar with the investigation said that in 2019 and 2020 Gaetz and Greenberg would meet women recruited online at various locations, pay them in cash drawn from ATMs, and have sex with them. Some of them took ecstasy, including Gaetz, according to two people familiar with the meet-ups.

While Gaetz told the Journal he has no plans to step down, former Republican Rep. David Jolly of Florida thinks he may not have any other options. “These scandals hit a certain point where there’s no escape,” Jolly, who is no longer a member of the GOP, told the Journal, noting that Florida’s politicians are “assuming” Gaetz’s career is finished. “We’ve clearly hit that point for Matt in politics.”

Furthermore, the 17-year-old Gaetz may have had sex with and “trafficked” by paying for her to cross state lines. The Times reports that a sex-trafficking charge filed against Greenberg in August involves the same girl.


Daphne Campbell declares senate candidacy after loosing twice before

Daphne Campbell declares senate candidacy after loosing twice before 1


Campbell, 63, lost her Senate District 38 seat in 2018 to Senator Jason Pazzo. She later ran for Senate District 35 in 2020 which failed as well as she was placed second in a six-person field. Shevrin Jones won the 2020 Senate elections by a margin of 43% to 16%, therefore, securing her seat in November 2020 after plenty of drama. Daphne Campbell has now declared that she is seeking a Senate bid for a third straight cycle. 

 Daphne Campbell advertised her appearance at the Farm Share food distribution event in May 2019 and generated much of a spectacle. In 2020, Daphne Campbell reworked the advertisement to connect it to her Senate District 35 bid. Despite all these efforts she still lost. Her actions threatened to violate Farm Share’s 501(c)(3) obligations to stay out of political campaigns. The group was later forced to cancel the event out of an abundance of caution. 

Daphne Campbell recently stated in a South Florida Sun-Sentinel questionnaire that she had never been a party to a civil lawsuit. However, a short court search followed and showed that Campbell was involved in at least 10 different lawsuit cases. Out of the 10 different cases, Campbell has been sued in nine out of the ten cases.

 A robocall released a few days before August 2020 featured manipulative audio in which President Barack Obama was endorsing Daphne Campbell’s bid. This was cleared out by former President Barack Obama’s spokesperson and called it fake audio. However, it has not been clear as to who was behind this fraud during the 2020 campaign. In 2018, during Daphne Campbell’s unsuccessful political campaign, she was accused by Pizzo of seeking personal gain and graft by engaging in unethical practices. Pizzo later focused on Cambell’s efforts to contact a Florida Power and Light lobbyist following Hurricane Irma to help gain an upper hand. Daphne Campbell later referenced the need to help her ‘sick mom’. Sources later got to know that Daphne Campbell’s mom had been dead for more than 20 years. Daphne Campbell later defended herself by saying that she used the term ‘mom’ colloquially and that she referred to an elderly woman who was living with Daphne Campbell. 

 It’s unclear how the decennial redistricting process will affect the Senate District 38 boundaries. But Campbell is seeking to take back the seat from Pizzo, as he’s rumored to be considering a gubernatorial run.