The Governor of Florida himself is in the news, and this time it’s due to legal reasons. Ron DeSantis is being sued in federal district court by several different plaintiffs that own or manage Florida vacation rental properties. They argue that a COVID-19 pandemic ban on vacation home rentals has breached their equal protection and due process rights and their rights under the United States Constitution contracts clause. The plaintiffs are also alleging claims of free speech.
The argument stems from a series of executive orders released by the governor aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19 in Florida. One of the orders released by the governor last month suspended all vacation rentals but exempted several others from the order including hotels, resorts, and non-transitory public lodging facilities, to name a few. The order was originally going to expire at the beginning of this month but has since been extended for the foreseeable future.
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