Florida has managed to maintain national headlines for quite some time.
Many Republicans and conservatives across America support the leadership of Governor Ron DeSantis. The Florida GOP governor has made clear that despite the threat that COVID-19 poses, it doesn’t erase the importance of personal freedoms, individual liberties, etc.
Last week, Governor DeSantis signed an executive order that prohibits government and the private sector from mandating vaccine passports. DeSantis additionally indicated that the Florida state legislature is working to turn his executive order into a statewide law.
Over the weekend, however, the Sunshine State captured headlines again for a very different reason. This time, Florida is in the news for a state emergency declaration resulting from a toxic wastewater crisis, as Breitbart News confirms.
A Closer Look at the Toxic Wastewater Crisis in Florida
On Saturday, the extent of the Manatee County wastewater crisis became very serious. For the safety of Florida residents, Governor DeSantis declared a state of emergency and urged hundreds of Manatee County residents to exit their homes for their own safety.
The Piney Point facility’s south reservoir is housing mixed saltwater that could easily explode at any time, due to a shift in the leak site’s containment barrier. As a result of the Florida state of emergency, recovery and response resources will be provided to the community as needed.
Today I joined state officials in Manatee County who are actively responding to Piney Point and deploying all necessary resources. Please follow @FLSERT and @FLDEPNews for updates and monitor local alerts and evacuation orders. https://t.co/ACdrUdOkpO pic.twitter.com/ayOGoLR3Oo
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) April 4, 2021
Over the weekend, the Florida GOP governor additionally confirmed that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Manatee County Emergency Management are working together to fix this crisis. Likewise, the Florida National Guard is also involved to ensure the safety of residents and effectiveness of the state’s response.
What Happens Next in Florida?
Many Americans are eager to know what will happen next in Florida and how they can follow the latest updates.
Governor DeSantis is keeping people updated via press conferences and other correspondence. Meanwhile, additional details can be found by following the Florida Division of Emergency Management, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, etc.
💉 Beginning today, all individuals 18 & older are eligible to receive any COVID-19 vaccine. Additionally, individuals 16 & older are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine.
➡️ State sites are prepared for this expanded eligibility. Full list of sites – https://t.co/FlRU9Wcxdj
— FL Division of Emergency Management (@FLSERT) April 5, 2021
During this week alone, Americans can also expect a series of updates regarding the waterwaste crisis and what’s being done to find a solution while minimizing damage.
Are you surprised to learn about the toxic waterwaste situation in Florida? What do you think about the Sunshine State’s response to the emergency thus far? Feel free to share your thoughts with us about the crisis down below in the comments section.