Florida state House Representatives on Monday temporarily postponed a vote to overturn Key West’s limits on cruise ships.
House Bill 267 was scheduled for a full floor vote before going to Gov. Ron DeSantis for his consideration if approved. However, the bill was pulled with no explanation in the late afternoon with the House adjourning for the day soon after.
It is unclear if or when HB 267 will be rescheduled for a vote. The 2021 legislative session is slated to end this Friday, April 30.
If HB 267 does pass this week, city officials and supporters were hopeful DeSantis would veto the bill because of his previous support for state environmental issues. Earlier in the day, however, a story in the Miami Herald said that Mark Walsh, owner of Pier B in Key West, contributed almost $1 million to Friends of Ron DeSantis, the governor’s political committee, last month.
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