Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for Alachua County, Monday, three days ahead of a White nationalist rally hosting Richard Spencer. Spencer is scheduled to speak at University of Florida in Gainesville Thursday and following the incidents in Charlottesville and other cities around the country, Scott is erring on the side of caution expecting a descent into chaos.
“I find that the threat of a potential emergency is imminent,” Scott said in a seven-page executive order. Scott placed Wes Maul, the recently-promoted 29-year-old interim state emergency management director, as the state coordinating officer “for the duration of this emergency,” including giving Maul the authority to deploy law enforcement officers and to suspend state laws if necessary.
Under the order, Number 17-264, all state agencies to suspend all rules and regulations including for purchasing, travel and personnel actions. In addition the governor activated his authority to suspend surplus money however he chooses.
In a statement, Scott said:
“We live in a country where everyone has the right to voice their opinion. However, we have zero tolerance for violence and public safety is always our number one priority. I have been in constant contact with Sheriff Darnell who has requested this Executive Order to ensure that county and local law enforcement have every needed resource. This executive order is an additional step to ensure that the University of Florida and the entire community is prepared so everyone can stay safe.”
Other contingencies affected by the order include Florida’s Mutual Aid Program, which grants law enforcement the ability to “quickly coordinate resources from other state, county and municipal law enforcement agencies” and places the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) as the lead agency for crisis management.
By declaring the state of emergency, Rick Scott is able to re-allocate resources to focus on Alachua County in the event negroes are unable to contain themselves in the presence of white supremacy. Scott noted in his order that Spencer’s rallies have sparked unrest in Virginia, Alabama, California and Texas resulting in “episodes of violence, civil unrest and multiple arrests.”