Judge’s ruling in Florida cruise ship lawsuit against CDC coming “soon” – CBS Miami
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The state of Florida is still awaiting a federal judge’s ruling whether it will allow cruise ships to resume sea without CDC approval.
Lawyers for the state and the CDC were back on Thursday in federal court, where a judge is deciding whether or not to grant Florida’s petition for a preliminary injunction against the CDC, particularly its restrictions on cruise ships.
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The state wants CDC rules to be suspended while the larger case itself is eliminated, arguing Florida is losing millions of dollars and people are out of work.
The CDC says there is nothing in the court record to support this.
we Middle District of Florida judge Steven D. Merryday spent a lot of time questioning both parties about the CDC’s restrictions and its conditional navigation order.
The judge asked the CDC’s lawyer if his 95% vaccination rule, masks and social distancing rules were overbreadth and really necessary or effective.
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Judge Merryday was equally harsh with the state of Florida, which advocated for people to make up their own minds about the risk of boating. But the judge said that in this case, private decisions can have public consequences.
In other words, it’s not just you taking a risk, he told state attorneys.
John Murray, CEO of Port Canaveral, who was watching the hearing, said there was a lot to be done on the case and he was happy to see it move forward.
“I think the best thing I heard today was that the judge said he was going to present a decision very soon. I think this matter is in the media. It is the driving force of much discussion in the media. And I think the sooner it’s decided, the better off we’ll go, ”said Murray. “Either way, it’s time to move on.
Judge Merryday told both parties that he would report back to them as soon as possible.
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Currently, the no-boating order remains in effect until November 1, however, the CDC has made several updates to the no-boating order and a brief filed on Monday states that he expects cruises to resume by mid-summer.