Equality Florida, Florida Immigrant Coalition warn against travel to Sunshine State
Plane travel is soaring to new heights.

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The NAACP already said Florida was a no-go zone.

Those who are considering traveling to or moving to Florida are being urged to give it a second thought.

That’s the message from Equality Florida, which is issuing an “advisory warning for travel” which is “warning of the risks posed to the health, safety and freedom of those considering short- or long-term travel, or relocation to the state.”

The Equality Florida warning comes on the same day the Florida Immigrant Coalition is issuing its own advisory against travel to the state.

“As an organization that has spent decades working to improve Florida’s reputation as a welcoming and inclusive place to live, work and visit, it is with great sadness that we must respond to those asking if it is safe to travel to Florida or remain in the state as the laws strip away basic rights and freedoms,” said Nadine Smith, Equality Florida Executive Director.

“While losing conferences, and top students who have written off Florida threatens lasting damage to our state, it is most heartbreaking to hear from parents who are selling their homes and moving because school censorship, book bans and health care restrictions have made their home state less safe for their children,” Smith added.

The Florida Immigrant Coalition warned, meanwhile, that “travel to all areas of Florida should be done with extreme caution as it can be unsafe for people of color, individuals who speak with an accent, and international travelers.”

“Due to unconstitutional legislation supported by Gov. Ron DeSantis and introduced by legislative leadership, every county in Florida poses a heightened risk of harassment, possible detainment and potential family separation based on racial profiling,” the FIC added.

They also note that if people must come to Florida, they should consult an attorney beforehand.

Last month, the Florida NAACP issued its own advisory, with the NAACP Florida State conference voting unanimously to appeal to the national organization to issue an advisory to Black people to steer clear of the Sunshine State.

Asked about that move, Gov. Ron DeSantis was dismissive.

“What a joke,” he said. “Yeah, we’ll see, we’ll see how effective that is.”

The Governor likened the proposal to people who traveled to Florida when pandemic restrictions predominated elsewhere, where “they would end up being spotted on the beach somewhere vacationing.”

“This is a stunt to try to do that. It’s a pure stunt and fine, if you want to waste your time on a stunt, that’s fine. But I’m not wasting my time on your stunts,” DeSantis added.

Chances are the governor will have a similar take on the latest warnings from left-leaning activist groups about what he calls “the freest state in these United States.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


8 comments

  • PeterH

    April 12, 2023 at 6:37 pm

    Rhonda DeSantis states:

    “This is a stunt to try to do that. It’s a pure stunt and fine, if you want to waste your time on a stunt, that’s fine. But I’m not wasting my time on your stunts,” DeSantis added.

    DeSantis had time to waste on “stunts” when he used taxpayer money to send a plane load of Texas immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard. Like Trump ….. DeSantis is toxic for America and Conservative interests. Vote all Republicans out of office.

  • PeterH

    April 12, 2023 at 6:54 pm

    The 2024 Republican Clown Bus has the following undesirable baggage clogging the aisle:
    Donald Trump
    Ron DeSantis
    Unpopular culture wars.
    Unpopular abortion policies
    Unpopular internal civil war
    Unpopular attacks on civil liberties
    Unpopular book burnings
    Unpopular education policies
    Unpopular attacks on young people
    Unpopular attacks on “woke” that Republicans can’t even define!
    Unpopular gun policies

  • Billy the Bamboozler McBuzzard

    April 12, 2023 at 7:39 pm

    They only want non-gay Republicans, preferably white, moving here and everyone else they want gone. Ever had a felony? They want you gone. Are you not religious? They want you gone. Are you LGBT? They want you gone. Are you politically left? They want you gone. Pay moving expenses…all they have to do! Help us leave you fking cheap crackers.

  • cassandra

    April 12, 2023 at 8:58 pm

    “I don’t know what S.O.B. is gonna succeed me, but they ain’t going to have anything to do, Because I’m taking all the meat off the bone.”

    —–DeSantis at Hillsdale (April 6, 2023)

    • Commentmonger

      April 12, 2023 at 9:49 pm

      Sounds like a horse bit.

    • Rob Desantos

      April 13, 2023 at 4:15 pm

      What is with Mr. Ivy League’s pathetic attempts to talk like an everyman? This short man has never uttered a natural “ain’t” in his privileged life.

  • Rob Desantos

    April 13, 2023 at 4:15 pm

    Florida – The Sundown State

  • Senorita Margarita

    April 14, 2023 at 3:13 am

    President Ron DeSantis !!!

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