At least three people are confirmed dead and 99 missing after an apartment complex near Miami, Florida collapsed early Thursday morning: prompting a rapid search and rescue operation from across the state.
The FBI and Governor Ron DeSantis are on the scene to support the investigation.
“They were on that scene before we knew whether there would be more collapse. We didn’t know whether the building had any structural integrity and they were shepherding people to safety and they absolutely saved people’s lives,” said the Governor. “We really appreciate all that they have done and they are continuing to do.”
JUST IN: Video I’ve obtained of the building collapse in Surfside, Florida. pic.twitter.com/BGbRC7iSI9
— Andy Slater (@AndySlater) June 24, 2021
An apartment building near Miami, Florida, partially collapsed early Thursday morning.
It prompted as many as 80 rescue crews to search for survivors from the abrupt incident that left one dead.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) June 24, 2021
Live updates: "The building – it's gone!" Massive response to partial building collapse in South Florida https://t.co/bWFDwoWXMn
— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 24, 2021
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
DESANTIS BANS 'VAXPORTS': Florida Governor Issues Executive Order Banning Vaccine Passports
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued an Executive Order Friday that effectively bans businesses from requiring CoVID vaccine passports for customers hoping to frequent their establishments.
“Today I issued an executive order prohibiting the use of so-called COVID-19 vaccine passports. The Legislature is working on making permanent these protections for Floridians and I look forward to signing them into law soon,” posted the Republican on Twitter.
Today I issued an executive order prohibiting the use of so-called COVID-19 vaccine passports. The Legislature is working on making permanent these protections for Floridians and I look forward to signing them into law soon. Read my EO here – https://t.co/6QwLsLWEWm
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) April 2, 2021
DeSantis signed a series of regulations this week that will shield local businesses from CoVID liabilities. Without the law, owners could potentially be sued by customers and employees for new infections on their premises.
“It’s completely unacceptable,” said DeSantis on so-called “Vaccine Passports.”
“You want to go to a movie theater, should you have to show that? No. You want to go to a game, a theme park? No. So we’re not supportive of that,” he added.
“Florida businesses soon won’t be able to screen customers based on whether they’ve received the COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday, even as he signed a bill designed to shield companies from pandemic-related lawsuits,” reports the Orlando Sentinel.
“Can you use your concealed weapons permit and walk onto a Disney property?” asked one critic of the new law. “Can you go into the Magic Kingdom carrying your gun? No. … In Florida the law allows you to have a permit, but private property rights trump that. There’s plenty of restaurants and bars and all sorts of businesses in Florida [that state] ‘No shoes, no shirt, no service,’ because that’s their private property. How the hell is Ron DeSantis going to tell Disney that they can’t require vaccination passports should they want to do so?”
Read the full report here.
DeSANTIS BLASTS MEDIA: Your Coverage is ‘Wrong, Wrong, Wrong, It’s a Fake Narrative’
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis called-out the mainstream media over the weekend for promoting a “false narrative” over his handling of the Sunshine State’s CoVID vaccine rollout.
“What you’re saying is wrong, that’s a fake narrative. I met with all the folks in Palm Beach County, I said ‘Here are the options,’” said De Santis.
“It’s wrong, it’s wrong, it’s a fake narrative. You don’t care about the facts. I laid it out for you in a way that’s irrefutable. You’re wrong, you’re wrong, you’re wrong,” he added.
Watch DeSantis’ comments above.