Ron DeSantis Addresses Supply Chain Crisis: Florida’s Ports Are Open


Florida can play a key role in alleviating the nation’s supply chain crisis, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said Tuesday, as Florida’s ports remain open, ready, and, in some cases, are offering incentives for businesses to move their cargo through Sunshine State ports.

Speaking from Jacksonville, Florida’s JAXPORT, DeSantis laid out the situation the nation faces, as Americans witness “major disruptions” in the supply chain, citing images of ships docked off the coast of various cities and log jams, which are directly “impacting what we see in terms of our store shelves.” Americans are seeing shortages of products, increased costs of items, and rising gas prices, directly affecting commuters.

However, DeSantis said Florida can play a key role in alleviating the mounting issues.

“We in Florida have the ability to help alleviate these log jams and help to ameliorate the problems with the supply chain,” DeSantis said, explaining that Florida has been “long” committed to reliable, modern, accessible port facilities since he became governor in 2019.

Since then, he said, Florida has “allocated almost a billion dollars to over 70 Florida seaport projects and these are approaches that made us really really strong.”

“It really really is the model for the rest of the country,” he said.

“We’re here. We have capacity,” he said, adding that some ports, including JAXPORT, are stepping up and offering incentive packages to businesses that want to move their cargo through these ports.

“This will make a huge difference. If you think about a place like JAXPORT, you have close to 100 million consumers that live within one day’s drive of JAXPORT,” he said.

“And I think companies are noticing. They’re noticing that Florida could be the solution for some  of these logistical problems,” he continued, noting that a European contain… (Read more)

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