Florida Governor DeSantis not banning beach-goers during pandemic

He's terrified of the economic backlash and doesn't want to be held to blame.

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Florida GOP Governor Ron DeSantis has enjoyed good poll numbers up to now. But his decision to allow localities and counties to decide on beach closures, permitting many large beaches to stay open, may hurt him in the long run.

Americans want hard decisions made by tough leaders right now. The president is performing that way and even his most vicious critics are giving him credit for it. But in this moment of national crisis, or perceived national crisis, to look to anything other than public safety is not a smart move for any politician. The public has, temporarily, given political leaders almost carte blanche. Some, it seems, are scared to use it. Thus, back to DeSantis.

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As some of you know, I’m a South Floridian. Though I no longer reside there, that’s where I grew up. Some of my friends are still in Hollywood, my hometown, and I still consider it home. I’ve talked to Florida pals over the last couple of days and have seen the recent images from beaches like Clearwater. I have also noticed the pictures and video from the very same Fort Lauderdale strip that I hung out on as a teenager.

It’s enough to make your blood boil.

A young genius Florida beach-goer, one Brady Sluder, arrayed in backwards baseball cap to make the git look perfect, said this, “If I get corona, I get corona. At the end of the day, I’m not gonna let it stop me from partying.”

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The narcissism is amazing.  Because he is a natural bonehead or his parents did a rotten job of raising him, Brady doesn’t get that he may not come down with it, but that he could pass it on to people that could be seriously affected by it. But duuuuude! That’s not gonna harsh his buuuuzz. Party on, Brady!

I’m not a Chicken Little. With proper action this will pass. However, schmoozing cheek by jowl on a beach does not constitute a proper action.

DeSantis could stop this idiocy by closing the damned beaches statewide. He hasn’t. He should.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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