Michael and Jillian Carnevale were the owners of Fitness 1400 in Plantation Florida, but after refusing to comply with unconstitutional coronavirus orders last summer their gym has been shutdown. The couple refused to enforce the county’s mask mandate and as a result they have been arrested three times, had their business seized, and now face potential jail time. The couple faces charges of refusing to comply with an emergency order.
The couple was first arrested in July and then arrested twice in August after refusing to enforce that their customers wear mask while working out. Mike Carnevale was in court on Thursday and offered a plea deal which he refused to accept. Outside of the courthouse a group of people gathered to show their support for the Carnevales.
“We’re here to say that small business owners are not criminals. Small business owners are tired of being persecuted by South Florida local governments. Health and wellness is not mandated and dictated.” – Mike Carnevale
Yesterday the couple appeared on Fox News’ The Ingraham Angle and were shocked when they discovered that Governor Ron Desantis had joined them on the show. When Laura Ingraham asked DeSantis what he could do to help the couple the response overwhelmed them.
“It’s a total overreach Laura, this is exactly what we ordered against last Summer, many, many months ago. I was just recently briefed on this case, and we looked at it. And, so I’m glad you have Mike and Jillian on, and I’m glad to be on to say, effective tomorrow morning, I am going to sign a reprieve under my constitutional authority. So that will delay the case for 60 days against both of them. And then when our clemency board meets in the coming weeks, we’ll issue pardons not only for Mike and Jillian, but for any Floridian that may have outstanding infractions for things like masks and social distancing.” – Governor DeSantis