Gov. Ron DeSantis has directed flags at three state buildings to be flown at half-staff Wednesday to honor Palm Beach resident and conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, who died last week.
DeSantis sent a memorandum Tuesday to Tom Berger, Florida's director of real estate development and management, Palm Beach Mayor Gail Coniglio and Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner.
It directs the state and U.S. flags to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset at the Palm Beach County courthouse in West Palm Beach, Town Hall in Palm Beach and the Florida Capitol building in Tallahassee.
The decision has been met with backlash by several state leaders, including Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, who said she would "disregard" DeSantis' order.
West Palm Beach Mayor Keith James told WPTV on Monday that the city would not be lowering the flags.
Section 256.015 of the Florida statutes states that the governor "shall adopt a protocol on flag display" that provides guidelines for lowering the flag to half-staff "upon the death of high-ranking state officials, uniformed law enforcement and fire service personnel, and prominent citizens."
Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay announced Tuesday night on Twitter that the county courthouse wouldn't be lowering its flag.
"Although Rush Limbaugh was a significant public figure, he was also an incredibly divisive one who hurt many people with his words and actions," she said. "I cannot and will not support the lowering of flags in his memory."
Below is the governor's directive to lower the flags: