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Federal judge sides with Florida in cruise lawsuit

Carnival Imagination
This Sept. 16, 2011 photo, shows the Carnival Imagination cruise liner, foreground, docked in the Port of Miami awaiting departure for a three day cruise to Nassau. Carnival Corp.’s third-quarter net income rose 3 percent as the cruise operator was helped by lower costs and strong ticket prices during its peak summer season. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

A federal judge ruled in favor of Florida in a lawsuit against the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

U.S. District Judge Steven Merryday granted a preliminary injunction Friday.

“This order finds that Florida is highly likely to prevail on the merits of the claim that CDC’s conditional sailing order and the implementing orders exceed the authority delegated to CDC, ” the ruling said.

Merryday said the CDC has until July 2 to propose a new guidelines for cruises “both permitting cruise ships to sail timely and remaining within CDC’s authority.

The lawsuit began when Gov. Ron DeSantis sued the agency in April in attempt to resume cruising, a big business in Florida, where cruise lines are based.

Gov. Ron DeSantis and Attorney General Ashley Moody, who stood outside PortMiami in April to announce their intent to sue the federal government, praised the ruling in separate statements Friday.