TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – More than a dozen cars gathered near The Freedom Tower in downtown Miami Saturday. The caravan was calling on state and local leaders to re-open Florida.
The rally happened not long after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis met with healthcare workers at the Cleveland Clinic in Weston.
The governor’s appointed Reopen Florida task force worked throughout the week as they tried to determine how to begin reopening the state to stop economic hemorrhaging, while considering potential health risks.
But before the task force's final report is submitted, the governor wants to hear from Florida residents. His task force is launching a public submission portal where residents can post their comments and concerns.
"I think the prudent way to do it is to be very methodical about this, be very data driven. I am not in a rush to do anything," DeSantis said.
Despite the percentage of Florida residents diagnosed with the coronavirus dropping in the past week, the re-opening of in-person sporting events and theaters, will not be happening in May, according to DeSantis
"I am not there yet on the movie theaters. I think it is an enclosed environment," he said.
Doctors will soon be able to begin moving forward with elective procedures that were canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The cancellations have caused hospital revenues to spiral. Bars will remain closed. It will be parks and open spaces that will
On Saturday, the Reopen Florida Task Force launched a public comment submission portal.
The task force is looking for feedback from residents, calling it a critical component of a final report that it plans to prepare for DeSantis.
The portal can be found by clicking here.
Feedback may be submitted on any topic related to the reopening of the state, including, but not limited to, small business, healthcare, education, tourism, agriculture, retail, construction, recreation and sports.
A Quinnipiac poll from earlier this week found that three out of every for Floridians (76% of registered voters) does not want the state to be reopened until medical experts say it is safe to do so.
WATCH: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks on COVID-19 pandemic from Cleveland Clinic in Weston. The full video can be seen below: