President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday that will end federal land management oversight for all of Florida’s 1.4 million acres of public land.
Trump signed the order as he took to the Florida Keys, where he was campaigning for re-election, to promote the “Make America Great Again” agenda.
The order requires federal agencies to work with local governments to ensure that land management is conducted in accordance with the state’s land use, wildlife, cultural and historic preservation laws, and environmental protections.
It also requires the state to ensure the land can be managed for economic development and that local governments can use that land for public use.
While the order does not address national land management, Trump said it will help protect the Florida peninsula from future oil and gas development.
It also directs the Interior Department to work on “strategic” strategies to reduce the threat of natural hazards in Florida.
Trump has promised to cut federal funding to state and local governments and to reduce state and federal oversight over land management.
The Trump administration is also considering a plan to eliminate or reduce funding to schools.