To honor “the life and legacy” of Jimmy Buffett, the famous musician who passed away last week, the Ron DeSantis administration has now reportedly ordered that some state and national flags be flown at half-staff.
The Monroe County Courthouse in Key West, Key West City Hall, and the State Capitol in Tallahassee had their flags down on Thursday, Sept. 7, at the request of DeSantis’ office, according to a release.
Because “it’s always five o’clock somewhere,” the flags were to be flown at half-staff from 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7, to 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8, according to a press release and a reference to one of Jimmy Buffett’s well-known songs.
JUST IN: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has directed flags to be flown at half staff in Key West and Tallahassee from 5 PM today to 5 PM tomorrow in honor of Jimmy Buffett "because it's always five o'clock somewhere."
What an AMAZING tribute 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/gYce6R94xc
— Proud Elephant 🇺🇸🦅 (@ProudElephantUS) September 7, 2023
Buffett, a part-time resident of Palm Beach who passed away last month at the age of 76 from cancer, was an advocate for the protection of manatees.
He co-founded the Save the Manatees Club, which was crucial in defending the threatened sea cows and their habitats.
DeSantis mandated that flags be flown at half-staff in Palm Beach town hall, the West Palm Beach courthouse, and the State Capitol in Tallahassee in honor of Republican radio talk-show star Rush Limbaugh, who was also a part-time resident of Palm Beach.
Limbaugh passed away from lung cancer at the age of 70 two years ago.