Demings will comply but questions DeSantis’ request for coronavirus orders, penalties

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings promised to comply with Gov. Ron DeSantis’ request that leaders in all 67 counties provide him with coronavirus orders they’ve issued — and any penalties imposed for violating them — but expressed concern about the motive.“I hope that the governor’s intent is not to further diminish the authority of local governments,” Demings said Tuesday during an afternoon briefing. “After all, as we respond to the pandemic … we have to have the ability to react and respond to the pandemic in real time based upon what we’re seeing here in our unique locations.”