Mon. Apr 22nd, 2024

Thanks, Gov. DeSantis, for taking intention at an actual security situation in Florida.

I’m speaking concerning the Disney World monorail system, in fact.

Since 1971, this most closely used monorail system on this planet has delivered about 50 million folks a yr safely to locations within the park. So, it’s means overdue for a screw-up.

Which is why we have to applaud DeSantis for having the foresight to step in. As a result of as we all know, there are three critical well being and welfare points which can be gripping the state, points that require fast authorities motion.

They’re:

Getting extra untrained Floridians out in public locations with loaded weapons.

Banning abortions to girls earlier than they understand they’re pregnant.

Seizing management of the Walt Disney World monorail.

Examine. Examine. And examine.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis will get state lawmakers to push a invoice to get the state of Florida to take over security inspections for Walt Disney World monorail, which has been working for 52 years underneath its personal security inspectors.

Vendetta or sound public coverage behind monorail transfer?

Some folks have erroneously imagined that the state authorities is taking management of the Disney monorail system due solely to a puerile vendetta one emotionally stunted grownup has with the theme park firm over a single, unrelated distinction of opinion.

They by some means think about that DeSantis, searching for new methods to punish Disney due to its criticism of his signature “Don’t Say Homosexual” legislation, is flailing out in clumsy, clear methods to harm the corporate.

However for that to be true, DeSantis would have needed to obtain the dysfunctional trifecta of being bigoted, infantile and silly on the identical time.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis , left, is taking over Walt Disney Co. in a battle over management of the corporate’s land administration district.

And he must be keen to submit the taxpayers of Florida to monumental lawyer payments to defend legally problematic efforts to muzzle free speech in what he likes to name “the free state of Florida.”

Authorities oversight for unseen drawback

That will be extraordinary. Particularly for a governor. Why would an individual with a seat on the adults’ desk act with such a junior-high stage of maturity to harm the state’s largest tourism draw?

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Can’t be. I refuse to consider that 4.6 million Floridians might have voted for such a broken individual final yr. There have to be an alternate clarification.

It have to be that the Disney monorail requires some new authorities oversight as a result of it’s … er, um … sneaky harmful. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

The monorail is a well-liked means that friends at Walt Disney World arrive on the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and three resort resorts.

It’s the type of harmful that appears completely secure to the bare eye however may very well be as pernicious as these unseen squads of drag queens performing in Florida’s public kindergartens.

It may very well be that we must be thanking the heavens that we now have a frontrunner that sees each the actual issues and the invisible ones.

State lawmakers adopted DeSantis’s orders right here by writing a invoice that places the Florida Division of Transportation in command of Disney’s monorail.

Previous to this, Disney and different theme parks within the state which have greater than a thousand staff and their very own full-time inspectors had been liable for doing their very own security inspections.

It is the “Do not Say Disney” invoice

The tentative new laws offers the state the facility to supervise any “privately owned fixed-guideway transportation methods working on this state that are situated inside an impartial particular district created by native act which have boundaries inside two contiguous counties.”

That’s a 29-word description for Walt Disney World. (I assume you could possibly say the invoice is written in a “Don’t Say Disney” means.)

It offers the state of Florida entry to the park’s main transportation system, the one which delivers patrons to and from the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and three Walt Disney World resorts. It requires state inspectors to conduct “structural security inspections” on the raised sections of the road.

Underneath the laws, state inspectors can have the best to close down the Disney monorail service whereas conducting security inspections, “to make sure the protection and welfare of inspectors and the touring public throughout such inspections.”

Palm Seaside Put up columnist Frank Cerabino

It doesn’t spell out how lengthy the transportation service can be disrupted. Or whether or not this may result in subsequent drydock hull inspections of the Seven Seas Lagoon ferries, the boats that present an alternate methodology of friends coming into the Magic Kingdom.

However one factor’s for sure: The state of Florida has our security considerations as a prime precedence right here. Lawmakers could also be encouraging extra gun homicides and main extra Florida girls to back-alley abortions however no one will ever say Florida is popping its again on the victims of the Disney monorail — even when that quantity could also be zero for its first 52 years of operation.

Thanks, Gov. DeSantis.

Frank Cerabino is a columnist at The Palm Seaside Put up, a part of the USA TODAY Florida Community. You may attain him at [email protected].

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