“Once the date of interment for Rush is introduced, we’ll be reducing the flags to half-staff,” Gov. Ron DeSantis mentioned Friday at a information convention in West Palm Beach.The governor mentioned the honour is “what we do when there’s issues of this magnitude.”The transfer would not appear to suit the state’s flag protocol, which requires flags to be flown at half-staff “within the occasion of the demise of a gift or former official of the Florida State authorities or the demise of a member of the Armed Forces from Florida who dies whereas serving on lively responsibility.”DeSantis mentioned Limbaugh, a Palm Beach resident who died Wednesday at 70, “was an absolute legend, he was a pal of mine and only a nice particular person.”Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Florida) known as the governor’s choice “a humiliation to Florida.””Rush Limbaugh weaponized his platform to unfold racism, xenophobia and homophobia throughout the nation,” she mentioned in a tweet. “His fixed hateful rhetoric precipitated untold harm to our political panorama.”Florida Senate Democratic chief Gary Farmer issued a press release Friday calling DeSantis’ flag order “a partisan political instrument to salute a person who served no different pursuits than his personal and did his finest to deeply divide a rustic alongside political fault strains.”I condemn the governor’s choice in no unsure phrases. Any transfer to decrease our flag in deference to a person who helped drive the hatred and inflame the prejudices towards marginalized teams, folks of shade, girls, and anybody who didn’t seem like him or assume like him is improper, and needs to be rescinded,” Farmer mentioned.Announcement made at principally maskless eventDeSantis’ announcement on honoring Limbaugh wasn’t the one cause his information convention sparked controversy.Palm Beach County officers at the moment are investigating the Hilton Palm Beach Airport Hotel after receiving reviews that lots of the greater than 100 individuals who attended the indoor occasion there weren’t sporting masks, Palm Beach County Deputy Director of Public Affairs John Jamason instructed CNN in a press release. A masks mandate aimed toward slowing the unfold of Covid-19 is in impact within the county till March 19. Facial coverings have to be worn by anybody acquiring any items or providers, or in any other case visiting or working in any enterprise or institution within the county.”We have spoken to Hilton administration and might be following up with them and occasion organizers in accordance with our regular compliance procedures,” Jamason mentioned.A Hilton Palm Beach Airport spokesperson mentioned in an e mail to CNN that, partly, “We have been made conscious of video that seems to indicate a gaggle of people inside shut proximity of each other and never sporting masks. We are disillusioned of their obvious failure to adjust to our masks laws that are prominently displayed all through the lodge. Moving ahead, we’ll proceed to do our greatest to observe and implement these pointers so long as they continue to be in place.”The Palm Beach Code Enforcement and Compliance Team is investigating the incident and can decide if the lodge faces fines or penalties, Jamason mentioned.