South Florida Gym Owner Facing Six Months in Jail

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    March 3, 2021 Broward County - You may remember Mike Carnevale and his wife Jillian. They were the owners of Fitness 1440, a successful gym in Plantation, Florida. They adhered to the nonsensical shutdown orders until Governor DeSantis finally allowed gyms to reopen. But there was a caviot. Broward County Government issued an Emergency Order requiring all gym owners to force their clients to wear masks, even during strenuous exercise. Mike and Jillian refused to do this citing health concerns for their clients. On July 24, 2020 they sued Broward County over the Executive Order with State Rep Anthony Sabatini representing them. Within 24 hours of the lawsuit being filed Mike and Jillian were visited by the police who shut their gym down for 24 hours citing the Broward Executive Order (this is before Governor DeSantis Executive Order 20-244 was issued). They refused to shut down and Mike was arrested. After his release he immediately reopened his gym and was arrested a second time. After being released a second time he moved the gym equipment into his facility's parking lot and reopened again. This time both him and his wife Jillian were arrested. About three weeks later Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-244 which prevents businesses from being closed down due to so-called Covid violations. The Broward County Prosecutor offered Mike 10 days in jail to pay for his so-called "crimes". Mike refused the deal and will stand trial March 4, 2021 at 9am. If convicted he faces a maximum of six months in jail. The official charge is "failure to adhere to an Emergency Order". Patriots will rally at the Broward County Courthouse March 4 at 9am, 201 SE 6th St Ft Lauderdale to support Mike.

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