DeSantis orders Jacksonville Bridge stripped of LGBTQ Pride Month rainbow lights one day after turned on
Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis or someone in his administration ordered the Acosta Bridge in Jacksonville to take down a special LGBTQ Pride Month rainbow light display, just one day after it had been turned on.
Happy #Pride Jacksonville! Catch these colors on the Acosta Bridge all week. 📸 by Fred Ortyl https://t.co/110dDWXFfz— Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) (@Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA)) 1623157255.0
The Florida Times-Union reports the order came from the Florida Department of Transportation, which ordered the Jacksonville Transportation Authority to remove the display. The FDOT owns the bridge even though it is controlled by the JTA.
"This afternoon, the FDOT informed the JTA that our scheduled color scheme for the Acosta Bridge is out of compliance with our existing permit. The JTA will comply accordingly," the Jacksonville Transportation Authority announced in a statement.
But Florida Times-Union metro columnist Nate Monroe says there's "almost no way this didn't come from the governor's office. JTA has lit the bridge up with all sorts of colors on all sorts of occasions, with no pushback, until now."
Feel free to tag @ChristinaPushaw about this. There’s almost no way this didn’t come from the governor’s office. JT… https://t.co/JjoJzK9voN— Nate Monroe (@Nate Monroe) 1623204510.0
He also encouraged social media users to contact Gov. DeSantis' Press Secretary, who is a fan of light shows, at least some light shows:
Requests for Pride Month displays on other bridges, including in Sarasota and St. Petersburg, were allegedly denied.
Florida's first LGBTQ Latinx legislator expressed outrage:
Lemme get this STRAIGHT. @GovRonDeSantis’s @MyFDOT has ordered the #Pride2021 rainbow lights on a Jax bridge REMOV… https://t.co/DOCrYE5jdV— Rep. Carlos G Smith (@Rep. Carlos G Smith) 1623206214.0
Equality Florida's Senior Political Director notes DeSantis has used LGBTQ Pride Month to attack LGBTQ people several times already:
After kicking off Pride month targeting trans kids and Pulse shooting survivors, the DeSantis Administration has sh… https://t.co/YwysNkBoO4— Joe Saunders (@Joe Saunders) 1623205159.0
An investigative reporter and Executive Producer at WTLV/WJXX weighs in with other events that were allowed (even more examples on her Twitter page):
might remember the Christmas lights a few months ago? https://t.co/0tUIFn4D9W— anne schindler (@anne schindler) 1623204259.0
Oh wait —I forgot Clemson colors, just for fun! https://t.co/VS1huSTfaC— anne schindler (@anne schindler) 1623204550.0
...Orange to oppose gun violence... https://t.co/h6F9RWwL7R— anne schindler (@anne schindler) 1623204778.0
Women’s history, St. Patrick’s Day & the first day of Spring https://t.co/qrlJyS7uwV— anne schindler (@anne schindler) 1623206030.0
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