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Gov. DeSantis To Sue Federal Government, CDC Over No Sail Order

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Joan Murray reports the governor made the announcement at PortMiami.

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MARIBEL RODRIGUEZ: Happening now at noon, you're looking at live pictures from Port Miami, where Governor Ron DeSantis is making a south Florida stop and speaking about the cruise industry. Good afternoon. I'm Maribel Rodriguez.

FRANCES WANG: And I'm Frances Wang. The governor began speaking several minutes ago.

MARIBEL RODRIGUEZ: CBS4 Joan Murray is live at the port with details on what he is saying. Joan?

JOAN MURRAY: Maribel, Frances, it comes as little surprise, since Governor Ron DeSantis has been threatening this for the past couple of weeks, that the state of Florida is now going to sue the CDC and the federal government over the no sail order for the cruise ship industry. Well known that Miami is, of course, cruise capital of the world. But there hasn't been any cruising for over a year with the pandemic.

At the podium now, several speakers who are talking about the impact that this shutdown, this no sail order the CDC put in place has had on people. They say tens of thousands of workers have been affected. Not just people who work on the cruise ships, but people who work in the Port of Miami and Port Everglades and Port Canaveral. All these people have been affected by the inability to sail. The CDC has been adamant about the ability for cruise ships to again get going, but they have not signed off on allowing the cruise industry to resume operations normally.

So just a few minutes ago, attorney general Ashley Moody announced details of this lawsuit. We had various speakers here. A woman from the cruise industry spoke very eloquently just a few minutes ago, talking about the human impact this shutdown has had, that she says two people have died of heart attacks and it was over heartbreak over the inability to go back to work. So again, this is unfolding as we speak. Governor Ron DeSantis announcing that the state of Florida is suing the CDC, Center for Disease Control, over the no sail order, and the federal government in the hope that something can be done to push them to allow the cruise industry to resume operations.

We'll have much more on this coming up beginning at 5:00. Reporting at the Port of Miami, Joan Murray, CBS4--