Wood called the arrest “a show of hubris by the cops and the sheriff,” in an interview with the Tampa Bay Times after his release on bail. He pointed to a Q&A released by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ order which urged businesses to provide delivery and pickup to customers.
Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, who was present at the arrest, demurred in his own comments to the TB Times, noting that delivery would have been OK, it was the pick-ups that got Wood into trouble.
“We’re trying to work through this together, and I think it’s very important we go to these lengths and recognize how hard it is on somebody,” Gualtieri said. “But at the end of the day, we’ve all got to follow the law, and this guy decided he’s above the law.”