Florida lawmakers want Auburn license plate for Sunshine State
Two Auburn-educated Florida lawmakers want Tigers fans living in the Sunshine State to be able to show their Auburn pride on their license plates.
State representatives James Grant (’06) and Kevin Cate (’05) have launched the website www.iwantmyfloridaauburnplate.com in an effort to secure the 4,000 pre-orders required by the state to produce the plate.
Grant and Cate discuss their idea (while taking a few jabs at Alabama, Florida and Florida State fans) in this video.
Neither the website nor the pending legislation are affiliated with Auburn University, and signing up on the website doesn’t lock anyone into a purchase. It serves merely as an expression of interest and consent to be contacted in the future.
Florida presently offers 123 different varieties of themed license plates, including 36 for universities, ranging from the state’s most popular institutions like UF and FSU to the more obscure like Ringling School of Art and Design and Nova Southeastern University.
Yet, none of the 36 university plates represent an out-of-state school.
The state of Alabama offers 28 higher-education themed license plates, including two for out-of-state schools: the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University. Eight states outside of Alabama (Maryland, Texas, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina) offer Auburn license plates.
As an Auburn graduate who moved to Florida in 2012, I found those 123 license plate options daunting when I visited the tag office, opting simply for the “Sunshine State” option.
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