DeSantis on supply chain crisis: Florida ‘stands ready’ to help

by Vianca Rodriguez

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is once again setting the example for the rest of the nation, this time with supply chain management.

The governor announced at JAXPORT on Tuesday that Florida’s seaports are available to dock cargo ships backlogged at other ports across the country, including those stuck in California.

In a press release, DeSantis said, “As the rest of the nation faces rampant inflation and businesses stare down unprecedented supply chain problems, our message is this: Florida is here, we have capacity, we have incentive packages to help businesses who want to move here and we are going to make sure Americans get their Christmas Gifts this season.”

“Florida is open for business,” he confirmed.

In addition to touting Florida’s seaports, which he called “crown jewels,” DeSantis also highlighted the Biden administration’s disastrous policies. Apparently, the border crisis isn’t the only sizable crisis the country hasn’t seen in decades. Supply-chain issues and inflation are on pace to break records, as well.

For weeks on end, dozens of cargo ships have been on standby at ports for months, waiting to unload much needed supplies and items that were supposed to be delivered all over the country. The backlog in Southern California alone reached an all-time high, with more than 100 ships waiting to unload on Tuesday, according to ABC 7 News.

The ongoing struggle to hire more seaport workers in California could be, in part, caused by mandates and other Covid-related restrictions responsible for firing thousands. With continued government benefits, many Americans are disincentivized from seeking work. These unresolved problems could cause further supply delays due to staffing shortages.

The effect has been so significant that many stores recently reported having empty shelves nationwide. Basic food and clothing items are being sold at higher price tags than ever. Photos and videos featuring “#EmptyShelvesJoe” trended on Twitter this week, casting blame on the Biden administration for the shortages and rising inflation.

Critics suggest the supply chain disruption, shortages, and increasing consumer demand will potentially continue affecting communities worldwide well into 2023. But, hopefully, swift action taken by more governors, such as DeSantis, could motivate local and state officials to act sooner rather than continue waiting around for the federal government to fulfill false promises of improvement.

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