With the coronavirus pandemic overshadowing everything, the 2020 year in politics was unlike anything before. Many of the major political trends that emerged in South Florida will continue reverberating well past January's swearing in of a new Congress and inauguration of Joe Biden as president.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis had a tumultuous 2020, with his response to the coronavirus pandemic eating into his once-high approval numbers. And now the Republican governor faces 2021 without his stalwart ally President Donald Trump in the White House and Democrat Joe Biden taking over.
The first case of the new, highly-contagious COVID-19 variant has been confirmed in Florida. The Florida Department of Health announced the case on Twitter, and said the person infected with the variant is a man in his 20s in Martin County with no history of travel.
With his decision to jump five million older Floridians to the front of the Covid-19 vaccine line, Gov. Ron DeSantis has over-promised and under-delivered. Now he must fix this problem of his own making.
Frustrated South Florida seniors jammed phone lines and crashed the health department website on Wednesday as they tried to make appointments to get for a COVID vaccine. Broward Health stopped taking appointments by noon, saying it had reached its vaccine capacity through February.