He said President Trump had directed him to "take into consideration the local and state voice" in deciding policy. On Tuesday night, Secretary Zinke tweeted that after meeting with Governor Rick Scott, Florida would be exempted from the plan. "As a result of discussion with Governor Scott and his leadership, I am removing Florida from consideration for any new oil and gas platforms".
But less than a week after releasing the proposal - which would open up almost every inch of federal water to the possibility of offshore drilling - Secretary Ryan Zinke made an unexpected announcement on Twitter.
"My top priority is to ensure that Florida's natural resources are protected", he said after the Trump administration's announcement last week.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and new Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam took their case to Twitter.
Henry McMaster said he is opposed to drilling and will be urging President Donald Trump to back off a plan to allow oil drilling off the state's coast. Yes, the same Rick Scott who reportedly banned the word "climate change" in state offices as Miami drowns, weakened Florida's environmental protections and perpetually resides in the pockets of Big Sugar and other pollutant industries even as Florida's coastlines teemed with guacamole goop. "Floridians won't put up with politicians who support offshore drilling because an oil spill on our beaches would wreck our economy and destroy what people love most about our state".
Scott is widely expected to challenge Florida's Democratic Senator Bill Nelson this year.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is hosting a series of public meetings up and down the Pacific and Atlantic coasts for input on the Trump administration's proposal. - Zinke dropped Florida from the drilling map.
Kristen Monsell, Oceans Program Litigation Director for the Center for Biological Diversity, agreed that Zinke likely violated federal law in choosing to remove Florida from the proposed plan.
Ali Ryan Hansen with the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries said exploratory attempts to drill off the Oregon Coast in the 1960s were unsuccessful.
The governors of NY and OR and the attorneys general of Maryland and California - all Democrats - were among those who called on Zinke to ban offshore drilling. "I will never stop fighting for Florida's environment and our pristine coastline". Sanford told CNN. "I mean you can't say, "I don't want to see an oil rig from Mar-a-Lago" as you look out from the waters of Palm Beach, but it's okay to look at an oil rig out from Hilton Head or Charleston, South Carolina".
Trying not to be outdone by Scott, Nelson noted how he's fought drilling since the 1980s, when the east coast was targeted.
Meanwhile, coastal areas of Delaware, Maryland New Jersey and other states are all tourist attractions.