"This is a little more ceremonial, which it deserves," DeSantis said from Disney Wilderness Preserve in Poinciana.
The act recognizes and aims to protect Florida’s network of natural areas. It also secures $400 million in funding.
Earlier in the year, the bill passed unanimously in the Florida House and Senate. Lawmakers doubled funding to $100 million for Florida Forever, a Florida Department of Environmental Protection program that focuses on conservation and recreation lands acquisition. https://floridadep.gov/lands/environmental-services/content/florida-forever
Lawmakers also used $300 million from federal funding toward the act.
Monday's event takes place after DeSantis joined Texas Governor Greg Abbot for a border security briefing. Prior to the visit, DeSantis deployed state law enforcement officers to Texas to assist in border security efforts.