Released December 20, 2007
December 20, 2007
Contact: Carli Segelson, 727-896-8626; 727-224-3674
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
unveiled a new look for an old favorite today at Homosassa Springs
Wildlife State Park. FWC Regional Director Greg Holder
unveiled the new design for the Florida manatee license plate.
"This is an exciting day for the FWC and the Florida manatee,"
Holder said. "With the sales from this plate, we hope to generate
revenues that will sustain valuable manatee research and
conservation for years to come."
The new manatee plate features the work of Nancy Blauers,
Margaritaville Merchandising Senior Artist. Blauers designs
products depicting "the Margaritaville lifestyle" for
Patrick Rose, executive director of the Save the Manatee Club,
also spoke at the unveiling.
"The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's
research and species management staffs are among the most committed
and capable in the world," Rose said. "I urge all Floridians to
support them by purchasing the newly designed manatee tag so these
dedicated and caring individuals can be given the tools necessary
to save the manatees and their aquatic habitats from the
ever-increasing threats manatees must face as Florida's human
population continues to grow."
Proceeds from the sale of the plate are a major source of
funding for Florida's manatee research and conservation. The
state's manatee programs also receive money from the sale of
manatee decals, boat registration fees and donations.
To purchase the new manatee plate, visit your local tax
collector's office. As a unique gift idea, manatee plate gift
certificates are available at any authorized tax collector's