'Hispanic Achievers' license plateSubmitted by Clint on Fri, 05/14/2010 - 16:18
A proposed license plate that would allow drivers to express pride in Florida's Hispanic heritage could become available soon to many of the 3.8 million Latinos who call the state home.
The "Hispanic Achievers" plate made it to the short list of several tags attached to bills passed by the Legislature.
The proposal, presented by the National Hispanic Corporate Achievers in Longwood, has evolved from an early sketch in 2008 that boldly stated "Hispanics Discovered Florida" to a more low-key message about Hispanics' contributions to the state's economy.
The plate's first draft drew criticism after some people, including some American Indian tribes, complained that the message was historically inaccurate.
The latest inscription on the tag reads "Hispanic Achievers" followed by a motto that stresses the contributions of the state's Latino residents: "Since 1513. Helping Communities Prosper."
Profits from the tag's $25 fee would be divided into 10 percent for the group's administrative costs, with a minimum of 25 percent to the Seminole-based group for local grants. Any remainder after audit costs would go to a Hispanic Achievers Grant Council that would fund scholarships and programs throughout the state.
"This will probably be one of the most successful license plates, and I would estimate it could generate up to $1 million a year in programs for the Hispanic community," said Susan Goldstein, a former legislator hired by the group to lobby for the plate. "We have almost 4 million Hispanics in the state of Florida, and they are going to like this."