Florida’s ‘Auburn tag’ over halfway to required pledges
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An effort to establish a Florida specialty license plate for Auburn University is barreling toward reality.

On Tuesday, a website set up to promote the drive showed 2,480 people had pledged to buy the tag if approved.

New plates need 4,000 “pre-sales” before they can be produced.

The plate is backed by two Auburn grads: Democratic PR man Kevin Cate and state Rep. Jamie Grant, a Tampa Republican.

“We knew when we started this effort that the members of the Auburn Family who call Florida home and who continue to make a tremendous impact on our state would rise to the challenge,” Grant said in a text message.

“I believe the Auburn Family here in Florida is capable of shattering any number required (for) production of these tags … and I look forward to that happening,” he added.

Grant intends to file a bill next year to create an Auburn plate.

If passed, that would add to the 123 specialty tags Florida now offers.

It would be the first collegiate specialty tag for an out-of-state school.

The website is at http://iwantmyfloridaauburnplate.com.

Jim Rosica

Jim Rosica is the Tallahassee-based Senior Editor for Florida Politics. He previously was the Tampa Tribune’s statehouse reporter. Before that, he covered three legislative sessions in Florida for The Associated Press. Jim graduated from law school in 2009 after spending nearly a decade covering courts for the Tallahassee Democrat, including reporting on the 2000 presidential recount. He can be reached at [email protected]



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