On January 8, 2019, the Florida Coastal Protection Act of 2019, was re-introduced by Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL-14) and co-sponsored by Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL-19), Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL-13), and Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL-16). This important legislation would make permanent the moratorium on oil drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic, and Straits of Florida planning areas. The moratorium currently in place will expire in June 2022 unless made permanent by Rep. Castor’s bill.
With their support for this latest bill, these members of Florida’s congressional delegation have reaffirmed their commitment to protecting Florida’s waters from expanded offshore drilling. The people of Florida made their opposition to offshore drilling clear in November 2018 when Amendment 9—a ban on offshore drilling in state waters— was overwhelmingly approved by Floridians. If passed, the Florida Coastal Protection Act of 2019 would build upon Amendment 9, extending the drilling protections to not just state waters, but federal waters off the coast of Florida as well.
The FGCBC applauds this bipartisan effort to protect our coasts and calls on the entire Florida Congressional Delegation to support efforts like the Florida Coastal Protection Act.