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The Florida Roundup
The Florida Roundup is a live, weekly call-in show with a distinct focus on the issues affecting Floridians. Each Friday at noon, listeners can engage in the conversation with journalists, newsmakers and other Floridians about change, policy and the future of our lives in the sunshine state.Join our hosts, veteran journalists from our partner public radio stations: WLRN’s Tom Hudson, broadcasting from Miami and WJCT’s Melissa Ross, broadcasting from Jacksonville.

Lt. Gov. Nuñez, Agriculture Commissioner Fried Address Gov. DeSantis' Handling Of COVID-19

Govenor Ron DeSantis
Govenor Ron DeSantis

 

On Friday, Governor Ron DeSantis met with his newly-formed task force to discuss how to reopen the state. This meeting comes as he faces growing criticism over his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Earlier this week, a range of problems besieged the state and the governor’s office, including continuing issues with Florida’s unemployment website, and criticism over the state’s surgeon general leaving a news conference after he said Floridians should continue practicing social distancing until there is a vaccine - which could take a year.  

 

Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez  spoke with us about how the state is dealing with the ongoing crisis. 

 

Agriculture CommissionerNikki Fried  has been vocal in her criticism about Florida’s handling of the crisis and joined us to discuss it in more detail. 

 

We also spoke with   Mike Lafferty, Opinion Editor at the Orlando Sentinel, who explained his  comparison of Desantis’ performance to Mike  Dewine, Governor of Ohio. 

 

Mark Schreiner , the Assistant News Director at WUSF in Tampa, joined us with reaction to Governor Desantis declaring professional wrestling an “essential” business to the state. 
 

Sarah Glenn can be reached at newsteam@wjct.org, 904-358-6317 

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