based on what? FL caves are not killing tourists. There are three categories of divers there: locals who dive without training, poorly trained locals and visitors, and highly experience locals doing really aggressive diving. Vacationers are not on the fatality list (#s 1 and 3) although they may be in the poorly trained and damaging caves, but most of the tourist lines are already pretty beat up and it can be hard to tell at this point given the numbers & traffic places like Ginnie and Peacock get.
Holding up cave diving as some sort of exalted magical thing is not really that helpful. Its just diving, all the skills you use in cave diving are things good divers do on (nearly) every dive, trim, buoyancy, not kicking the wall or reef, buddy communication
First of all, nobody is "holding up cave diving as some sort of exalted magical thing" but that is a nice bit of creative writing.
Second of all, you did see where I plainly said "That's just an opinion", right? Ok, then, it's my opinion, not stated as a fact, and it's based on my feelings about my personal comfort level with venturing into cave systems. You are, of course, welcome to have your own opinion on the matter.
Third of all (that's getting a bit awkward, speaking of writing style), I don't believe the fact that once-a-year cave divers are not dropping like flies is much of a defense for advocating it. My guess is that most of the people that finish a cave course, but can't get to caves for more than, say, one week trip per year, will not continue to cave dive for long. Or if they do, they're probably not going to be very good cave divers. The way I was taught, and my personal standards for my own cave diving dictate to me personally (just to make sure you don't think I'm telling you how to approach this issue) that in order to maintain those standards, I need to make 3 trips per year, about 40-50 dives/year, and not going more than 4-5 months between trips. With that frequency and level of practice, I feel like I can be a good solid dive buddy, in general and if a tough situation were to come up. And honestly, I don't think either of us is too thrilled about there being poorly trained or out-of-practice divers in the caves we dive in. It's bad for the caves, it's unpleasant to witness, and it's occasionally disastrous for cave divers.
I don't know what the scene (or diver level) is like in FL, but I'm pretty familiar with Mexico, having dove there for years. In MX we see lots of training, lots of guided dives, and mostly pretty good independent dive teams, with some spectacular exceptions. Maybe you've dove in both places and have a better idea of any differences in the general scene. Now that I live in the frozen northeast instead of TX, I suspect there are some road trips to central FL in the winter in my future, and I'll have a chance to see what it's like.