Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced a three-year initiative to combat rising sea levels in the state.
The $270 million initiative would fund 76 major projects designed to improve drainage and raise sea walls across the state, DeSantis said on Tuesday near Tampa.
"We're a low-lying state, we're a storm-prone state, and we're a flood-prone state," he said. "All the projects included in this plan will enhance efforts to protect our communities' coastlines and shores."
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DeSantis said the plan, which will help the state be more proactive, will likely carry a lower price tag than projected, clocking in at closer to $500 million in total funding because it requires a local match for most of the projects.
The move follows a bill passed during the previous legislative session to establish immediate and multi-year initiatives to combat flooding and rising sea level challenges.
DeSantis, who touted Florida as a haven from left-wing policies, emphasized he was staying away from "left-wing things" when combating rising sea levels.
"What I've found is when people start talking about things like global warming, they typically use that as a pretext to do a bunch of left-wing things that they would want to do anyways," he said. "And so, we're not doing any left-wing stuff."
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The governor emphasized this was only part of the state's plans to combat flooding. He said that over the coming years, the state will likely spend over $1 billion on the issue.
DeSantis is widely considered to be a top contender for the 2024 Republican nomination for president. He has consistently polled as the second-favorite candidate for the nomination after former President Donald Trump.