TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - State Senator Aaron Bean says he’d like to see new signs welcoming the tens of millions of tourists who drive to Florida each year.
Bean, who represents Nassau and parts of Duval County, says FDOT hopes to unveil new signage proposals in the coming weeks “of how we can do a better job of welcoming the fifty-million visitors that come in by automobile.”
“To make it a little more of a stately entrance,” he tells WOKV News.
“You know when you come into our state there are so many little signs that say ‘no texting’ or ‘seatbelts enforced’ or ‘speed limit air patrol’ or all kinds of things. We can still have those signs, but we don’t need to put them at the state line.”
Sen. Bean says he wants a “stately, clean entrance that’s gonna upgrade the landscaping.”
“When you enter Florida you’ll say, ‘Hey. We’re in the state of Florida now’,” Bean says.
WOKV asked listeners on Facebook what they think of new welcome signs for Florida. Here are some of the comments left:
John Beder: “Classic look works the best….Look at Las Vegas!”
Mark Wertz: “I think a nice welcome sign and a friendly reminder to drive safe, buckle up and drive without texting.”
JoAnne Burger: “I like South Carolina’s landscaped welcome signage is nice.”
Darin Delegal: “I think advertising Rick Scott as governor is a good way to get people to turn around and go home.”
Eddie Beane: “Welcome to Florida . Buy a Tee shirt , rubber alligator and a plastic pink Flamingo . Then go home.”
Greg Acs: “Welcome to Florida. Please no glass on the beach.”
Sue Goodman: “ Yeah, spending more money on signs that we don't need is just another example of how they take our tax money and WASTE it!! Maybe if they were paying for those signs out of their pocket it wouldn't really matter about what it says at the state line!!”
Brian Turner: “I think the signs are fine.”
Kevin Karcher: “As long as it is done on the normal replacement cycle I don't see any issues here. Now what are they EVER going to do with that sign that had the misspelling on it? It just sits on the side of 95N before Butler and seemingly forgotten.”
Robby Satterfield: “I've been speeding on that line for years and no airplane has ever pulled me over.”
Bill Hoff: “Waste of time to the Nth power. Fix actual problems please!”