Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has led a remarkable political transformation in the Sunshine State.
He’s turned the state into a national leader in standing up for law and order.
And Florida’s Attorney General uttered four words that put a smile on Ron DeSantis’ face.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and the state government stepped up to prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Idalia.
Preparations were made well before the storm made landfall to mitigate the damage and keep residents safe.
Criminals are never going to let a crisis like a natural disaster go to waste.
Hurricanes have turned into bonanzas for criminals looking to capitalize on the chaos by looting.
Tens of thousands of new residents who moved to the state under DeSantis were experiencing their first hurricane as Floridians.
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody issued a stern warning to criminals and new residents about what to expect from the hurricane.
“As you know, Florida leads the nation in net migration,” Moody told Fox News Digital. “Our population is growing exponentially and so we have a lot of Floridians that have never experienced a storm like this. And so, I’ve been asking those like me – who I’m a fifth generation Floridian, my family has gone through numerous storms – to advise those that are new to Florida, please don’t take this lightly.”
And she put criminals looking to loot after the storm on notice by telling them Florida is a “law and order state.”
“One thing that we hear from folks, ‘We want to adhere to the warnings, but we’re concerned that our property may be in jeopardy if we’re not there,’ and that will not be a concern in Florida,” Moody said. “We are a law and order state. We will not take it lightly if folks are looting.”
Florida has defied the national trend of rising crime to experiencing 50-year lows in crime under the tough-on-crime approach from DeSantis.
“We do need to be aware that in times of emergency, in these challenging times, there are bad actors – from those seeking to make a profit off of essential commodities, to those that are waiting in the aftermath to where property is abandoned, and neither will be tolerated,” Moody added. “I’m so grateful to work with a governor who is very strong on this and making sure that people understand this is a state that will enforce the law and people should be aware.”
DeSantis said there would be zero tolerance for looters during Hurricane Ian last year and noted he saw boarded-up businesses with “you loot, we shoot” signs.
Only a small number of cases of looting were reported after Ian and they were aggressively prosecuted.
Criminals in Florida know that a hurricane isn’t an opportunity to take advantage of under Ron DeSantis.
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