FL Gov. DeSantis’ plane forced to land in St. Petersburg following mechanical issue

FL Gov. DeSantis’ plane forced to land in St. Petersburg following mechanical issue
Governor Ron DeSantis makes stop in Sarasota to announce water order (Source: Taylor Torregano)

SARASOTA (WWSB) - A mechanical problem has forced Governor Ron DeSantis to land in St. Petersburg.

The governor, who was heading to Fort Lauderdale, was traveling with Attorney General Ashley Moody, his Chief of Staff Shane Strum and three members of his executive staff.

At this point, it's unclear what the mechanical issue is that forced the governor's plane to land. A statement said he expects to be delayed by 90 minutes before heading to Broward County to make a statement on holding government officials accountable.

His spokesman wouldn't specify who'd be held accountable.

The Miami Herald and South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported recently that Sheriff Scott Israel has told his staff he expects to be removed.

Following the Feb. 14 shooting that left 17 dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, then-candidate DeSantis told supporters he'd suspend Israel but retreated in later appearances.

Under Florida law, the governor can suspend elected officials for criminal activity, misfeasance, incompetence or neglect of duty.

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