A few Florida beaches reopened this week despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, prompting a fake Florida lawyer to help swimmers better understand why this idea is so stupid.
In one clip that went viral on Twitter Friday what at first glance seems like a standard interview in something out of the Horror movie openness when resident lawyer and local Daniel Uhlfelder rides the beach in a full set of Grim Reaper. It could be a haunting sight if it weren’t so hilarious, wattraper death himself speaks calmly into a microphone while bathers absorb the rays behind him.
“I’m here today to try to argue that I think it’s premature for us to open our beaches,” he told ABC 13 at Miramar Beach in Walton County. “It is too early and it is not appropriate. “
Friday’s appearance was just a stop in what Uhlfelder called the “Grim Reaper Beach Tour” —A trip through the Florida coast as a “Covid Grim Reaper” to warn people to stay home or risk … you get the idea. In addition to haunting the beaches, (as fun as it may be in itself) it is also an effort to raise money for Democratic candidates running for Congress nationwide.
In the past, Uhlfelder was a staunch defender of public beach access in Florida, even getting into legal battles with Mike Huckabee on the former Governor of Arkansas private property saluting around Florida home. But faced with a public health crisis that killed more than 1,000 people in the statehe swiveled to fight to keep beach goers at bay and sue Florida Governor Ron DeSantis after the governor authorized the state’s first phase of reopening for May 4.
“With covid-19, we still do not have reliable data on the number of infections, practically no tests and a limited amount of health professionals and resources in Walton County to deal with this pandemic”, Uhlfelder said in a press release by the Pensacola News Journal.
“Under these circumstances, I see no rational reason to open our beaches, effectively inviting tens of thousands of tourists to return to our community. If by disguising myself as a “Grim Reaper” and walking on our beaches, I can make people think and potentially help save a life … It’s the right thing to do. “
And with a series of additional Florida beaches slated to reopen in the coming weeks, it looks like the Covid Grim Reaper has a lot of haunting ahead of it.