During a press conference in Miami, Governor Ron DeSantis offered the state of Florida as a place to host the Republican National Convention.
"Florida would love to have the RNC,". "Heck, I'm a Republican, it would be good for us to have the DNC in terms of the economic impact, " said Governor Ron DeSantis.
The Republican National Convention is set to take place in North Carolina in late August.
Monday President Trump threatened to move the convention if Democratic governor, Roy Cooper does not agree to allow full capacity gatherings, but some say it is just too soon to know.
“While we’d certainly like to say that we’d be back to normal in the fall I don’t think we have the information to quite say that yet, ” said Robert Hawkes.
Robert Hawkes, Director of the Physicians Assistant’s program at Florida Gulf Coast University has apprehensions when it comes to the possibility of bringing large scale events to Florida.
“Hand sanitizers need to be made available, encouraging masks, and to maintain as much distance as possible, ” said Robert Hawkes.
With housands traveling from across the U.S., protective measures would need to be put in place.
“It is not only our own community but its also others that may be traveling from hotspots, ” said Hawkes.
President of Ford’s Garage Restaurants, Marc Brown says they welcome tourism.
“Florida is built for tourism and large events and things like that, and at some point, a lot of smart people can come together and think of the ways we can try to protect people the best, ” said Brown.
He says safety is their first priority.
Hosting the RNC or DNC in Florida would help businesses to recover from COVID-19 losses.
“our dining rooms have come back, a lot of business has come back, but we’re still 30-40 percent off the normal volume, ” said Marc Brown.
These events bring in millions of dollars, Brown says the extra revenue would go towards building a stronger tomorrow.
“Keep people employed to serve our communities, and give ourselves the opportunity to build our business strong in the future, ” said Marc Brown.