Gov. DeSantis tells Sheriffs to ‘do what you need to do’ to keep order during Spring Break

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The Governor is pushing peace officers to keep college students in check.

Florida’s Governor is speaking out about Spring Break. And he’s not encouraging partiers to wear sunscreen.

During remarks to the Florida Sheriffs Association Conference, Gov. Ron DeSantis reassured the law officers they should do whatever is needed to maintain order during those days of seaside debauchery later this year, telling them they should “do what you need to do.”

The Governor pledged to “work with any local community that’s concerned about it.”

“I know it’s not the same concern in every part of the state, but we’ve seen some of the things that have happened in other parts of Florida. I mean, we’ve seen things in Miami Beach. We have resources available. We want to work proactively with the local jurisdictions,” DeSantis said.

Indeed, 2023 saw incidents in Miami Beach, and the Florida Highway Patrol was eventually used to help keep order. In 2022, Miami Beach and Panama City Beach dealt with disorder as well.

The Governor noted that while “Spring Break is what it is,” it “should not be impeding the functioning of businesses in the area.”

“It should not be impacting the quality of life of our residents. It should certainly not create any type of a safety issue for anybody in any part of the state of Florida,” DeSantis added.

“And so you have our support at the state level to do what you need to do, to ensure that the quality of life of your residents are maintained, that order in the streets is maintained and that businesses are able to function appropriately like they should always have to do and we stand by ready, willing and able to be able to help you with that.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been the Northeast Florida correspondent for Florida Politics since 2014. He writes for the New York Post and National Review also, with previous work in the American Conservative and Washington Times and a 15+ year run as a columnist in Folio Weekly. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Jay Smif

    January 30, 2024 at 2:51 pm

    Yeah, little fascist Ronny D is going to go full nazi on the people he hates the most, “the blacks.”

    “If they’re black, shoot them in the back as they run away.”

    • Richard J

      January 30, 2024 at 8:07 pm

      What an incredibly stupid statement!

      • Dont Say FLA

        February 2, 2024 at 7:51 am

        Rhonda is well known for stupid statements.

    • kathryn Ralston

      January 30, 2024 at 9:32 pm

      I never heard him say this. It would not shock me if he did though. He is petrified of black people, trans, gay, and cross dressers. The cross dressers I understand, he once was one. But who knows on the others.

      • Joyce Hollingsworth

        January 31, 2024 at 7:37 pm

        He fears nothing. Ridiculous post.

        • rick whitaker

          February 1, 2024 at 3:19 pm

          joyce, are you desantis’ crazy aunt taking up for her precious little nephew little ronnie? desantis is a punk, he will always do the wrong thing. how do i know this you might ask, because i am not a christian white nationalist like your comments say you are.

        • Dont Say FLA

          February 2, 2024 at 7:52 am

          Rhonda fears nothing? What exactly drives the little guy’s policies, statements and actions, if not fear?

    • Damien Xenos

      January 30, 2024 at 10:42 pm

      So you’re saying that only black commit crimes? DeSantis didn’t say that but obviously you’re too concerned with pushing your own foolish narrative. Wow what racist thing to say.

      • Dont Say FLA

        February 2, 2024 at 7:53 am

        It’ might get real interesting over the next few years seeing how the retail anti-shoplifter AI feels about who commits crime.

    • G. Seckeler

      January 31, 2024 at 8:33 am

      You are a f-cking smurf. I don’t give a crap if they Te white black yelloe,or Ll the color of the rainbow. If crimes are committed throw their asses in jail. You included snowflake

      • Dont Say FLA

        February 2, 2024 at 7:55 am

        What happened to the part where the accused have their day in court?

  • Impeach Biden

    January 30, 2024 at 3:25 pm

    I say shoot them all!

    • Dont Say FLA

      January 30, 2024 at 4:47 pm

      All the sheriffs in Florida? That might be a good start, I guess?

      • Robert Schafer

        January 30, 2024 at 8:58 pm

        If in trouble you know the first call you will make is to law enforcement.

        • MH/Duuuval

          January 30, 2024 at 10:06 pm

          Granted. That’s the reason I prefer the term “peace officer.” If the police officers would always enforce the peace, that would be good.

          But, that isn’t always the case. And, the checks and balances that citizens have over bad policing grow fewer by year in Fla., thanks to elected officials in Tallahassee.

          BTW: It never occurred to me to become a police officer — I move in the opposite direction from gunfire and I have a bad attitude when I am disrespected. Not what you want from a officer.

        • rick whitaker

          February 1, 2024 at 3:27 pm

          robert, my first call would be to the crazy maga cultist down the street that is always looking for someone to shoot. he is always offering to loan me a gun when i tell him of some potential danger. so thanks to desantis and his maga gun loving buds, my biggest danger is not the crooks, but the gop.

        • Dont Say FLA

          February 2, 2024 at 7:49 am

          Call the police? Why? So they can come shoot whoever they shoot and then write their own report about what they say went down? NO thank you. Hard pass on that.

          I’ll add that it would be mighty nice to have one number to call for help, say, 911, and a different number you can call for police.

          Police can provide help and sometimes do, but they can also be the exact opposite of help. Whichever reaction you get from the police, that is up to them and whatever they think is happening or could be reasonably claimed by a “reasonable officer” to be happening. Summoning police is a huge gamble. Only a fool risks summoning the police anymore.

          Did you not realize the police motto changed in 1989 from “protect and serve” to “IIII am going HOME at the end of MY shift” as the unintended result of Graham v. Connor 490-US-386?

          It must be a very quiet life for you. Congrats on that, Mr Schafer.

    • Joyce Hollingsworth

      January 31, 2024 at 7:39 pm


  • Carla Copelin

    January 31, 2024 at 2:10 am

    Governor DeSantis how can encourage behavior that could put the police and officers in danger of losing their careers and facing prison? Excellent leadership!

    • Rebecca

      January 31, 2024 at 9:18 am

      That’s not what he is saying. He is saying if a crisis happens, local law enforcement will be available. Have you ever been in the midst of those crowds on spring break. No community alone has the local resources to ensure the safety of thosenthat live there. Making sure that everyone know law enforcement has resources could help prevent some of the pre-planned street parties and such that will cripple a buisness and residential area. The volume of people that show up for spring break way out number the amount of patrol an area has. If emergencies happen this gives law enforcement extra resources to call in. He isn’t saying it in a negative light. I have a buisness. Don’t prevent me from making a living because you need to have fun. If I call because I get shut down do to people spring breaking I need to know law enforcement has the means to make the crowd leave my area. Spring break use to be the on slaught of college kids for a few days. Now it’s everyone and anyone coming for the party. My husband is law enforcement. He understood what this meant. Do your job. If it gets out of hand and your dept can not handle it call for back up. Assistance will be waiting here for you.

    • Joyce Hollingsworth

      January 31, 2024 at 7:41 pm

      Where are you getting that crap from. OH yeah, YOUR BRAIN.

    • Dont Say FLA

      February 2, 2024 at 8:00 am

      You hear the same things the sheriffs hear but somehow Rebecca and Joyce missed.

      I will say this: After a Sheriff takes Rhonda up on his offer, the buck will stop 100% with that Sheriff for the things they did.

      After push comes to shove, that sheriff that believed Rhonda will only be told by Rhonda to “move on.”

      Rhonda is all talk. No walk. Having been a baseball pitcher in college, he thinks it’s a good thing having no walk(s) and constant strike outs.

      OMG. Rhonda thinks he’s still a pitcher. THAT’s the problem!

      Rhonda, you are a catcher.

  • Jason

    January 31, 2024 at 6:44 am

    Couldn’t make president back to Florida to try and make an image as a sound leader to late to sorry he’s a racist fascist religious stab you in the back pig can’t lose governing back home you go DeSantis job failed.

    • Joyce Hollingsworth

      January 31, 2024 at 7:43 pm

      Where are you getting that crap from. OH yeah, YOUR BRAIN.

  • G

    January 31, 2024 at 1:23 pm

    It’s his attitude accompanying his statements and comments that’s bothersome.

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