‘We do 24/7’: Gov. DeSantis pitches ‘tempo’ and ‘capacity’ of Florida ports
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DeSantis says Florida could offer a 'partial solution' to supply crunch.

Saying that increasing import offloads at Florida ports could be a “partial solution” to supply chain issues, Gov. Ron DeSantis sold the unique value-adds Wednesday in remarks to media in Titusville.

Specifically, DeSantis touted the “capacity” and “tempo” of Florida ports, striking a contrast between backlogged cargo elsewhere in the country, following up on a major press conference at JAXPORT the day before where he said Florida ports were open for business.

“Yes, we have capacity, which is a great thing,” DeSantis said. “We also have a tempo that is good.”

“They made a big deal about how ‘Oh in L.A., they’re going to go 24/7.’ We do 24/7. That’s kind of a standard practice (in Florida),” DeSantis added

“We have the capacity to receive more. We have the capacity to distribute more. And if you’re stuck off the coast of Savannah, come to Jacksonville. If you’re stuck off the coast of California, and you want to come through the Panama Canal, we’re going to be able to service it in the state of Florida,” DeSantis said.

“Florida can be really stepping up to try to ameliorate” supply chain issues, DeSantis said, noting again that the cherished concept of Christmas could be “stymied” if cargo is not offloaded from foreign countries for American consumers.

“Just think about it. You’re going to have people for Christmas shopping, all the things that Americans love to do, and Floridians love to do, and you’re going to have that potentially stymied if we don’t get things going. We can offer an important, partial solution,” DeSantis contended.

JAXPORT, Port Everglades, Port Tampa Bay and Port Panama City all have capacity, he said. Jacksonville has contracted with a European shipping line, Hapag-Lloyd. DeSantis noted that freight from India will come through Port Everglades in the coming days, an early indication the port push could be paying off.

DeSantis has pushed a policy response to the supply chain crunch this week, after telegraphing and politicizing his response in prior days and news cycles, bashing President Joe Biden, the so-called “Grinch who stole Christmas.” The Governor expressed concerns about everything from kids not getting toys this year to the need to reshore production of medical supplies from China.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


4 comments

  • Tom

    October 20, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    Yes, Gov Ron is all about solutions unlike Manchurian bed wetters, excuse me, hand wringers who pollute F P internet. So many of them.

    HHS recently applauded Florida’s efforts in getting most seniors inoculated, due to Gov Ron. Overall 58% now.

    Also 25 initiated monoclonal centers proved brilliant strategies, by Gov Ron. Saved lives and hospitalizations. His initiative as one above.

    His presser yesterday once again showed his brilliance, whiz kid approach. Per intermodal and port managers, Florida ports offer up to 100 million people for goods access throughout south and southeast.

    America’s Governor offering solutions unlike incompetent WH, trans sec on maternity leave for 2 months with no designated leader. Biden, Harris, Psaki terrible.

    On all key issues Gov Ron demonstrates leadership.

    Yes, Gov Ron saves Christmas.

  • Frankie M.

    October 21, 2021 at 1:28 pm

    Ronnie sounds desperate…kinda like the last kid to get picked for dodgeball. Get a grip man. Dude has an inferiority complex the size of Jacksonville.

    • Tom

      October 23, 2021 at 8:54 pm

      I thought all you manchurians were sent back to school. Desperate my ass.

      Actually, you are mistaken on the anatomy pal.

      His Kahones are bigger than the state of Florida.

      America’s Governor offers solutions and the Dolts just act like the Dolts they are.

      Spare us Frankie.

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