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A Florida attorney is dressing up as the Grim Reaper to keep people off the beach

Virginia Gil
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Virginia Gil

Many people are taking issue with Florida’s beaches opening early but none as severely as Florida lawyer Daniel Uhlfelder.

This week, the Santa Rosa Beach-based attorney tweeted that he’s ready to travel the Sunshine State and pop up in public places that open early sporting a menacing Grim Reaper costume. He’s not joking either. He’s asked his followers to retweet him and, so far, it’s been shared more than 23,000 times. There are seemingly a lot of people out there willing to hold him to his digital threat. 

Uhlfelder is responding to Duval County reopening its beaches a few weeks ago—a premature decision that resulted in thousands of people swarming the Jacksonville coastline. As Governor Ron DeSantis continues his move to reopen cities, Uhlfedler’s warning is imminent.

So far, he’s sued DeSantis for an injunction on statewide closures of beaches and a stay-at-home order; launched a Make My Day Political Action Committee to push "back against the silencing of Americans"; and ordered the ghoulish costume online.

"I felt like something needed to be done because they’re moving very quickly to open beaches prematurely," said Uhlfelder to NBC News. "Wearing a Grim Reaper costume seems like a good way to send a signal that this is too fast and that we need to think seriously before we take that step." 

It’s quite a feat to go outside shrouded in a dark, hooded robe if you consider the record temperatures we’ve been experiencing. Perhaps he should be concerned about heatstroke in addition to keeping people off Florida’s beaches.

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