Florida’s business-recruitment agency Enterprise Florida wants the Legislature to add the Orlando City Soccer Club to the state’s list of specialty license plates.
“There is one professional sports franchise in the state of Florida that does not have a license plate: the Orlando City Soccer team,” Mike Grissom, Enterprise Florida executive vice president, said Wednesday during a meeting in Jacksonville. “We are advocating that we get a license plate that they can sell.”
Orlando Democratic Sen. Randolph Bracy, an Orlando Democrat, filed a proposal (SB 1050) on Friday that would require the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to develop an Orlando City Soccer Club plate.
Money from sales of license plates of professional teams goes to the Florida Sports Foundation, a non-profit corporation that serves as the Sports Industry Development Division of Enterprise Florida.
Bracy’s measure joins a number of specialty license-plate proposals teed up for the 2018 session, including Sun Sea Smiles, which would help the Florida Caribbean Charitable Foundation (SB 142); Ducks Unlimited (SB 160 and HB 787); Fallen Law Enforcement Officers (SB 160); Dan Marino Campus (HB 787); Ronald Reagan (SB 468); Orlando United (SB 554); Childhood Cancer Awareness (SB 752); Florida State Beekeepers Association (SB 796); The Highwaymen artists (HB 671); and a series of fraternities and sororities (HB 297).
The state currently offers 123 specialty tags.
In 2016, 1,371,133 specialty tags were on the street, with the University of Florida and Florida State University the top sellers. Among the major league sports teams, the Miami Heat is the most popular