Lawyer as Grim Reaper to protest reopening of Florida beaches during ...

A Florida lawyer dressed as the Grim Reaper Friday to protest the reopening of Florida's beaches during the coronavirus outbreak and went on live television to personally deliver his message from the sand.

Daniel Uhlfelder, 47, showed up to protest the opening of Walton County beaches amid the coronavirus pandemic while dressed in the hooded costume.

The Reaper was even able to take his message to the airwaves. 

Faith Graham, a reporter for Panama City ABC affiliate WMBB handed the lawyer a microphone during an interview for Friday morning's news broadcast.

Daniel Uhlfelder, 47, showed up to protest the opening of Walton County, Florida, beaches amid the coronavirus pandemic while dressed as the Grim Reaper Friday. He even went on live television while dressed in costume (pictured) to deliver his message for a news segment

Daniel Uhlfelder, 47, showed up to protest the opening of Walton County, Florida, beaches amid the coronavirus pandemic while dressed as the Grim Reaper Friday. He even went on live television while dressed in costume (pictured) to deliver his message for a news segment

'I am here today to try to make a point that I think it's premature to reopen our beaches,' Uhlfelder said, his face under his Reaper's hood.

'I'm a huge proponent of public beaches, and I've been fighting for that for years, but I think that the danger of bringing all the people here to our area, and spreading the virus. I think it's going to prolong the recovery we have,' he added. 

The lawyer also tweeted an image of himself as the Reaper on the sand, warning 'Stay home Florida.'

Uhlfelder last week promised he would travel to reopened beaches dressed as the Reaper to stop people breaking social distancing rules.  

The lawyer in March had sued Governor Ron DeSantis for failing to issue a statewide closure of beaches and announced he would launch a so-called 'Grim Reaper Tour' starting May 1 in an April 21 Twitter post. 

His protest came after the state relaxed its stay-at-home order, with beaches in Jacksonville reopening April 17 and in Brevard County April 21 - triggering a mass of sunbathers flocking to the sands.  

The lawyer also tweeted an image of himself as the Reaper on the sand, warning 'stay home Florida'

The lawyer also tweeted an image of himself as the Reaper on the sand, warning 'stay home Florida'

Uhlfelder announced his so-called 'Grim Reaper Tour' starting May 1 in a Twitter post

Uhlfelder announced his so-called 'Grim Reaper Tour' starting May 1 in a Twitter post

On a 'Make my day' donation page set up for the 'Florida grim Reaper Tour', Uhlfelder writes that the campaign will also raise donations for Democrats running for office

On a 'Make my day' donation page set up for the 'Florida grim Reaper Tour', Uhlfelder writes that the campaign will also raise donations for Democrats running for office

'Many of you have asked if I am willing to travel around Florida wearing Grim Reaper attire to the beaches and other areas of the state opening up prematurely. The answer is absolutely yes,' Uhlfelder said in a tweet.  

'Beginning May 1 we will hit the road here in state. Please retweet and spread the word.'

He posted a photo of a Grim Reaper, complete with cloak and scythe, sitting on a lifeguard stand on a beach as people walk past.

The image has been borrowed from the 'The Swim Reaper' Instagram account set up by the New Zealand government to warn people about the importance of water safety on the nation's beaches. 

Uhlfelder's campaign has a similar message - to draw attention to the preventable loss of life during the coronavirus pandemic if people stay home and practice social distancing. 

Uhlfelder said in an April 21 tweet (pictured) that he was to travel to reopened Florida beaches dressed as the Grim Reaper to stop people breaking social distancing rules. The social media post included an image from 'The Swim Reaper' Instagram account

Uhlfelder said in an April 21 tweet (pictured) that he was to travel to reopened Florida beaches dressed as the Grim Reaper to stop people breaking social distancing rules. The social media post included an image from 'The Swim Reaper' Instagram account

The trial lawyer has ordered a $24 Grim Reaper cloak from Walmart, and bought a scythe and gloves to go with it, which he said on social media will arrive next week.  

On a 'Make my day' donation page set up for the 'Florida grim Reaper Tour', Uhlfelder writes that the campaign will also raise donations for Democrats running for office. 

'THE COVID GRIM REAPER IS COMING TO A FLORIDA BEACH NEAR YOU,'

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