I am glad J. Kb. took on the Drag Show issues in Florida is the future we need. I had read in Twitter somebody complaining about how DeSantis was just like all the others and a BS politician because he was doing nothing to stop the Grooming Drag Show.
Once again, this is somebody who is used to instant gratification and whines because he does not get what he wants, mentally a political toddler. If anything, DeSantis and his team has proven solidly is that they do not take a dumb step for the sake of politics or P.R. When the drop the hammer, it tends to stay down and hard. Last example was the alleged kidnapping and transportation of illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities that made the usual Liberals and at least one Law Enforcement agency to accuse him of Human smuggling or some other related horseshit. The DeSantis drops the hammer that every single one of the illegals had signed an informed release acknowledging where they were being transported and that it was absolutely voluntary. Yup, you never heard more from that story, did you?
You know what also works? The waving of such hammer which is what we have with the Orlando Philharmonic Plaza (Grooming in Orlando? Tha House of The Mouse? How Shocking!). Liquor licenses probably make for the only part of the business that provides a profit to this entity. It is rare the musician, let alone an orchestra that makes a profit or at least breaks even playing just concert music. Threatening their liquor license is Thor’s Hammer being twirled like a propeller from a Corsair: you know if let go, it is going to hurt.
I checked the case mentioned in the letter (IANAL warning), Hoskins V. Dept. Of Business Regulations and on first read, you would think it was a loss for the state since the court rejected several actions from the department. But paying attention, there are two items that spell disaster if the Groomers decided to take it to court.
The first one:
“We affirm the final order of the Department of Business Regulation, Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco, which revoked the alcoholic beverage license of appellants on the basis of violating section 796.07(2)(a), Florida Statutes (1989), which proscribes operating a building for the purpose of lewdness.”
So, even though some of the things the State argued were reversed, the court said “Yes, the State was right on revoking the license. But the las item is the one I expect hurts the most if a legal challenge was presented.
“We find without merit appellants’ additional arguments that the foregoing conduct was a protected form of free speech and that the failure of law enforcement officers to identify patrons present during the conduct constituted a denial of appellants’ right to due process.”
That right there puts a big set of breaks on the usually brought Constitutional excuses to court. And if the State decides to drop the hammer and call them a Public Nuisance, it is not the liquor license they lose, but them may forego their ability to run the place without the supervision of the State or a local circuit judge.
And if it is not bad enough, the Public Nuisance was designed to deal with massage parlors specializing in happy endings and edifications used by gangs and drug dealers. That would be an embarrassment for the Orlando Philharmonic Plaza and surely the sainted patrons that donate monies to them would shy away from being associates publicly with such company.
And once again, IANAL on the above.