Miami, 1st of December, 2020. In Florida, presale vouchers for the Florida Bay Forever specialty license plate are now on sale. Three thousand plates must be sold within two years for the plate to be manufactured, and FNPA counts on all Floridians to make it happen.
The proceeds from the Florida Bay Forever specialty tag will support restoration, education, and scientific programs in Everglades National Parks, including water cleanup, removal of derelict vessels, seagrass restoration, and aids to navigation, among others.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has seriously affected national park attendance. Selling 3,000 Florida Bay Forever specialty tags before the end of next year (2021) would put us in a privileged position to continue helping Everglades National Park as we've been doing since 1951," said Jim Sutton, Executive Director of the FNPA.
Homestead City Councilman Stephen Shelley initiated this project during his time as Chairman of the FNPA, "I am excited that this plate is finally moving forward and that it could potentially provide a significant ongoing revenue stream to improve park operations and visitor amenities," stated Councilman Shelley. "This is not only important to the Park but is also beneficial to the "Gateway" City of Homestead." State Representative Holly Raschine was also instrumental in promoting the request through the Legislature.
This specialty tag portrays an Everglades National Park scene from the shore of Florida Bay in Flamingo. The original image, created by renowned local photographer Robert L. Chaplin, captures the stillness of flats fishing at sunrise.
When asked about the photograph, he said; “I was in Everglades National Park to photograph a sunrise over Florida Bay when I noticed a classic Florida Bay fishing scene. With a little patience, timing, and luck I was able to capture the angler mid-cast with the birds flying through the scene.“
Until the end of 2020, anyone who buys a Florida Bay Forever license tag will receive a complimentary membership to FNPA. Specialty tag vouchers can be purchased online at https://floridabayforever.com/, at all county tax collector offices, and tag agencies in Florida. The Florida Bay Forever tag is now on presale for $25 plus applicable charges.
About Florida National Parks Association
The Florida National Parks Association, founded in 1951, is an official private, non-profit partner of the National Park Service that supports educational, interpretive, historical, and scientific research activities in South Florida's National Parks.