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Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried gave Santa Claus and his reindeer the all-clear to fly through Florida and deliver presents tomorrow night.
Fried on Wednesday announced that the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services had fast-tracked an Animal Movement Permit for Saint Nick.
The broad certificate grants extraordinary freedom for the Clauses to make their way through the Sunshine State. Between the hours of 8 p.m. on Dec. 24 and 7 a.m. Dec. 25, Claus will be allowed to enter and exit all Florida homes, domiciles, encampments, and premises.
The permit also gives the Clauses and crew permission to pass through or over any U.S. port in the state, which should make restocking the sleigh with presents a breeze.
Despite Santa’s reindeer being healthy enough to take a sleigh airborne, they’re still subject to FDACS’ rules aimed at keeping sick or invasive animals out of the state.
FDACS’ tests produced a clean bill of health for Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen. Rudolph passed with flying colors. State Veterinarian Michael Short also confirmed that his red nose is not a health concern.