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Heard on Sundial: Broward Congressman Ted Deutch And The Cruise Industry

South Florida natives Laura Gabaroni Huergo and Juan Huergo, now residents of Oviedo, Fla., stranded at sea in their cabin during the coronavirus crisis after being transferred from the Holland America Zaandam cruise ship to the Rotterdam on Mar. 28, 2020

On this Tuesday, March 31, episode of Sundial:


Democratic U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch

Last week, Congress approved a $2.2 trillion spending package to address the unprecedented Coronavirus pandemic. The funding included hundreds of billions of dollars for small business and an even larger amount for corporations that have been hit hard by the pandemic. And those making less than $75,000 a year should expect to see checks for $1,200 in the mail in the coming weeks. 

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Today on Sundial we spoke with Democratic U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch of Broward about the details of the stimulus package and what workers here in South Florida can expect. He also explained what further steps the state of Florida can take to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

“What he (Gov. DeSantis) put out there still encourages people to stay home, it encourages them to take certain actions. It needs to be mandatory, people need to get the message they can’t leave their homes.” 

Deutch held a teleconference over the weekend where he answered questions from his constituents about the coronavirus. He says if listeners have follow-up questions from today’s interview, they can post them on his Facebook page as well. 

How the cruise industry is handling coronavirus

The cruise industry has been in the spotlight since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. There was the Diamond Princess of the coast of Japan with hundreds of sick passengers. Then the story of the Grand Princess attempting to dock in San Francisco with infected passengers on board. Now the issue has come to a head in South Florida. The Holland America Line Zaandam is looking to dock in Port Everglades with four dead passengers on board and at least on COVID-19 patient.  

Taylor Dolven covers tourism for the Miami Herald. She explained the controversy surrounding the Zaandam ship and how the cruise industry in South Florida is dealing with the ongoing crisis. 

If you want to ask the WLRN Sundial a question about anything coronavirus related, send us an email at sundial@wlrnnews.org, message us on Facebook or tweet at us. We will do our best to answer your questions — or direct you to the right people.  

WLRN producer Alejandra Martinez helped in the production of this episode.

Chris knew he wanted to work in public radio beginning in middle school, as WHYY played in his car rides to and from school in New Jersey. He’s freelanced for All Things Considered and was a desk associate for CBS Radio News in New York City. Most recently, he was producing for Capital Public Radio’s Insight booking guests, conducting research and leading special projects at Sacramento’s NPR affiliate.