no mask Masks were few and far between on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach Saturday night, January 2nd, 2021.

Delray Beach Asks Gov. DeSantis For Permission To Enforce COVID-19 Rules

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Fines, Enforcement Needed Says Commission.

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Scene outside the Office Restaurant on Atlantic Avenue Delray Beach on the night of Saturday, January 2nd, 2021.

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DELRAY BEACH, FL ( — The Delray Beach City Commission wants to cite and fine mask and social distance violators as the COVID-19 crisis worsens in the area.

%% — and other media outlets — routinely publish photos of out-of-control bar and restaurant patrons on Atlantic Avenue, standing close together and not wearing masks.

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Masks were few and far between on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach Saturday night, January 2nd, 2021.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis prohibited local municipalities from enforcing COVID-19 rules and regulations, saying only businesses could be fined. DeSantis seemed to be mirroring the bizarre comments of President Donald Trump who promoted questionable theories about the damage caused by COVID. But now, with Trump days away from leaving office and seemingly disliked and mocked by those on both sides of the aisle due to his instigating the uprising at the Capitol, it appears local lawmakers are prepared to push Florida’s Republican Governor to let them run their own cities.

It’s unclear if DeSantis is open to a change of course. COVID-19 death and infection numbers are skyrocketing in Florida, and the Trump administration has been unable to supply the region with a reasonable amount of COVID-19 vaccine.

The administration’s handling of vaccine distribution is being called out by Republicans and Democrats alike.

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Paul Saperstein


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