White House officials said Thursday they would open a new webcam site for Americans to use for viewing live video of Gulf beaches, after the White House removed one of the country’s most popular webcam sites.
The new webcam will have live video feeds of all beaches, from the northern beaches of Key Largo to the southern beaches of Nassau and Suffolk, and provide visitors with an alternative to using Google Maps.
It is the latest move by President Donald Trump’s administration to modernize the federal government’s public image and the move comes amid a controversy over a Trump-era directive that banned federal workers from using social media in the workplace.
“This is a great opportunity for Americans of all ages to use the government’s great facilities to connect and share their love of their country,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.
“Our nation’s beaches are among the most beautiful in the world and we are all committed to providing them with a high-quality service that everyone can access.”
“I have always believed that we must work to bring our public lands to a higher standard, and I look forward to working with our partners in the Department of the Interior to make sure we meet that challenge,” Sanders said.
The Obama administration was among the first federal agencies to establish a social media presence for its employees.
It has since expanded to include federal contractors and has had a virtual presence at airports and public buildings.
“The new website will be a great way for Americans across the country to view the beaches and other outdoor spaces in the Gulf region, which is a must for our country’s beaches,” said U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio.
“This is the first step toward building a great public face for our great beaches.”
Sanders’ office said the administration would not be able to fully open the site until it receives more information about what the White toms plans to do with the webcam.
The government said Thursday it was moving the site to the White house grounds, after removing it from the government website, and that it would have access to it through the Interior Department.
The White House said it will use the new site as a platform for the “broadest range of public events” on the government site.
The Department of Interior is a part of the Department.gov website.
It does not appear to have any public access at this time.