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Trump signs executive order extending ban on offshore drilling off Florida coast

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order to extend and expand a ban on oil drilling off the coast of Florida.

Speaking at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum in Jupiter, Fla., Trump said he would extend the existing moratorium on offshore oil exploration in the Gulf of Mexico off Florida's west coast through 2032 and expand it to include the Atlantic coasts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

"It's an order that does so much for the state of Florida. It's an order that I'm so proud to sign," Trump said. "And this protects your beautiful gulf and your beautiful ocean and it will for a long time to come."

The decision marks a reversal for Trump, who in 2018 announced a five-year drilling plan calling for 19 lease sales offshore Alaska, seven in the Pacific Region, 12 in the Gulf of Mexico and nine in the Atlantic.

Florida's coastline was removed from consideration after then-U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke met with former Florida Gov. Rick Scott -- who's now serving in the U.S. Senate -- in Tallahassee.