A Florida lawmaker wants to expand the state’s team logo license plate program. Their plan doesn’t include a state university, or even nearby SEC power Georgia.
This out-of-state alum in the Florida legislature wants an officially licensed Auburn license plate to adorn cars throughout the Sunshine State.
State representative James Grant of Tampa is spearheading the campaign. He is asking Tigers fans to sign a petition for the government to produce officially licensed Auburn license plates within the state of Florida, as several in-state teams currently have. There are no out-of-state teams, but there are more than 30 options for in-state universities.
Grant has set up a petition at http://iwantmyfloridaauburnplate.com/ and would need 4,000 pre-orders for the state to begin producing the license plates.
“More than 15,000 Auburn alumni are currently living and working in Florida,” Grant said in a release. “Our space, agricultural, engineering, veterinarian, and equestrian industries rely on these graduates to keep Florida the best place in the world to start a business and innovate.
Grant, along with public relations specialist and Auburn-alum Kevin Cate, explained why they wanted to bring an Auburn license plate to Florida in this video:
Yes, there may be some bitter feelings about Auburn history. And there is certainly a fear that Alabama fans and Florida fans bitter that Tim Tebow never beat the Tigers will block this cause. But the Auburn alumni base is actually pretty strong in Florida.
And Auburn does have license plates in states outside of Alabama. The Tigers family does spread its roots.
But it might be asking a lot to get enough Floridians to buy into an Auburn license plate. If it happens, the state government certainly could move forward to make one. Or they could try to hold their turf and keep the War Eagle out.
Knowing the SEC, once word of this gets around, Grant may have a fight on his hands.