It is a seemingly arbitrary move that has raised questions about whether the Trump administration is trying to influence Scott's possible upcoming Senate run, or even protect the president's substantial Floridian real estate holdings.
The outer continental shelf includes waters that are from 3 nautical miles from the coast to beyond 200 miles, the federal agency said. Out of 26 planning areas for potential offshore exploration, only one (George's Banks) would remain off-limits.
Governors and other officials from several USA coastal states ramp pressure on the Trump administration to exempt their waters from an offshore drilling plan.
Zinke's proposal is still in its 60-day comment period.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said after a brief meeting with Scott at the Tallahassee airport that drilling would be "off the table" when it comes to waters in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean off Florida.
Instead, the letter warned about the effects of oil and gas activities on the environment and urged that "long-term protection of Florida's sensitive coastal and marine resources should be of paramount concern" in developing a drilling plan.
The Interior Department has months to decide - and its formal answer could be far from the big drilling blockade Zinke's Tuesday tweet conjured up.
The only coastal governor - Democrat or Republican - seemingly supportive of the plan is Republican Gov. Paul LePage of ME, whose spokeswoman told CNN on Wednesday that while he has not reviewed all the details of the Interior plan, he "generally supports efforts to make good use of our indigenous resources and improve the United States' energy independence and security".
Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine says Virginia's governor and governor-elect have both asked for an exemption, unsuccessfully.
An Interior Department spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment on how the department would address the requests.
"Our tactic was open everything up, then meet with the governors, meet with the stakeholders so that when we shaped it, it was right", he told reporters at a news conference Tuesday night.
"I support the governor's position that Florida is unique and its coasts are heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver", said Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, per The Hill.
"If Florida's coastal economy is reason to ultimately withdraw them from drilling", Menendez said, "we have the same claim". When asked if the exemption for Florida was a political favor for Scott, Sanford said "it certainly looks, smells, and feels that way". In a letter to Secretary Zinke, Gov. Cooper reiterated his opposition to offshore drilling off of North Carolina's coast and emphasized the threat to the state's coastal economy.
The governors of New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, California, Oregon and Washington all have opposed offshore drilling plans.
The Trump administration has announced it's removing Florida coasts from consideration for offshore oil drilling. The move was widely anticipated, at least since Ryan Zinke, a Montana congressman, climate change skeptic, and oil pipeline company board member, was appointed secretary of the interior a year ago.
In a statement after the new offshore drilling plan was announced last week, Northam said the plan would jeopardize the Commonwealth's "economy, environment, national security, and the health and safety of our residents".