City of Melbourne Defies Florida Governor: Businesses Can Re-Open

Melbourne City Hall

MELBOURNE, Florida – The City of Melbourne will allow “non-essential” businesses to re-open and will not enforce Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ Executive Orders.

“I have made the announcement that our City Manager and Police Chief are not shutting down businesses,” Vice Mayor Paul Alfrey wrote to Brevard County Clerk of Court, Scott Ellis. “Feel free to make that announcement in your official position.”

“Businesses and customers have the ability to weigh and compensate risk as individuals. Poverty also causes death and devastation. The fact is all businesses are essential to someone, customer or owner, and when businesses become non-essential the free market closes them,” remarked Ellis, a free market libertarian-leaning Republican.

“Thank you, Councilman Alfrey and the Melbourne City Council. The City will no longer be pursuing businesses for the ‘crime’ of being open.”

Although businesses may not have to worry about repercussions from the City of Melbourne, many professions and businesses require state licensing which the City of Melbourne has no authority over.

Brevard County on Florida’s Space Coast did not see the COVID-19 infection rates experienced by South Florida counties or neighboring Orange County.

The conservative county overwhelmingly voted for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton 57% to 37.6%.