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Palm Beach County NOT Reopening Yet Says Governor DeSantis

BOCA RATON, FL ( — It’s the New Yorkers.

Just two months ago, reported on complaints and concerns from year-round Palm Beach County residents believing that New Yorkers were escaping Metropolis and bringing COVID-19 with them to Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach.

Turns out they were right.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, while announcing Florida’s “reopening plan,” singled out New Yorkers as the reason Palm Beach County, along with Broward and Miami-Dade, will remained closed until further notice.

“Southeast Florida, quite frankly, just had a lot of people from New York City coming down, that’s the normal thing. They didn’t know they were bringing the virus in February and early March, and so that was really the seeding of that, and the other communities (in the state) didn’t have that to the same extent.”

It was less than eight weeks ago that a man traveled from New York to Palm Beach County on JetBlue, only to announce upon deplaning at Palm Beach International Airport that he tested positive for COVID-19.

He was destined for Boynton Beach.

Social Media was alive and well for several weeks after lockdowns began of New Yorkers posting photos and “bragging” to friends that they were out and about in Boca — and across Palm Beach County — while friends were cooped up inside back in the Northeast.

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