Ever want a specialty plate to show your love and support for the surfing way of life? A new vote in the senate just put it one step closer.
There are 113 specialty plates in the State of Florida, ranging from fishing, to supporting our troops, to your favorite university. See the whole list here.
There have been plates close to what surfers may be interested in...like the "Save our seas"
or "Protect our Reefs"
or the latest "Discover Florida's Oceans
but nothing specifically for the surfing community.
Now, thanks to a bill (SB 170), sponsored by Senator Thad Altman, The bill was given initial approval Thursday morning. Final approval is expected by the end of the session on Friday. The house bill (HB 83) can be read here. If approved, It'll go into effect October 1, 2010.
The theme of the new plate is Bruce Brown's classic 1966 film, the "Endless Summer" and will cost an annual $25. The money will go to benefit Surfing’s Evolution & Preservation Corporation, a nonprofit organization connected to Florida-based Ron Jon Surf Shop, based in Cocoa Beach. It will focus on preserving surfing, help to pay for lifeguards, events and exhibits, and protecting our coastline from pollution.
All of the 113 specialty plates generate more than $37 million annually.
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