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Most popular specialty license plates in Volusia, Flagler capture the Florida life – Daytona Beach News-Journal

More than 1.7 million Floridians have specialty license plates, showing their support for their most treasured wildlife and favorite hobbies, repping their schools and favorite teams, and proudly displaying their military service. 
The most popular designs capture some of what makes the state a beautiful place to live.
The No. 1-selling design across Florida is “Endless Summer,” its design a nod to the iconic movie poster from a 1960s surfing documentary bearing the same name. The $2 million raised every year by its sale go to Surfing’s Evolution and Preservation Foundation, a charitable organization which has partnered with Volusia County’s own Marine Discovery Center and supported local anti-litter initiatives.
Florida’s most iconic sea creatures — sea turtles, wild dolphins and manatees — all rank near the top.
The sea turtle design features a sandy loggerhead hatchling crawling into the surf. Proceeds support research and protection of sea turtles. The Save the Manatee plate features a sea cow underwater and contributes to conservation, research and rescue efforts. Both funds are manage by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Protect Wild Dolphins shows a silvery dolphin jumping from the water during a vivid sunset, the funds it raises going toward Harbor Branch’s dolphin research and 24/7 emergency response for dolphins stranded or entangled in fishing gear. Another Harbor Branch design, Save Our Seas, features divers in the shadow of a great white shark and supports marine science research and education. It was designed by Guy Harvey, a marine biologist whose fish T-shirts have become ubiquitous.
Two of the state’s largest universities, the University of Florida and Florida State University, also earn spots in the top 10.
The Marine Corps makes the strongest showing among military license plates. The plate supports scholarships and homes for veterans.
Two professional sports teams round out the list, with the Miami Heat’s compelling redesign in 2018 launching it into the top 5. It now features the Heat logo on an all-black background using the Miami Vice color scheme.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the only one of Florida’s three NFL teams making the list, its design now prominently featuring “Super Bowl Champions.”
Here’s the full list with the latest data from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles:
More than 55,000 drivers have specialty license plates in Volusia County. The most popular designs mimic statewide patterns, with a couple exceptions.
The University of Central Florida makes an entrance on the top 10, as does the star-spangled plate for all veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. They take spots vacated by the Heat and Bucs.
A couple different plates makes the top 10 in Flagler County, knocking out FSU and the professional sports teams.
Animal Friend features a dog and cat on the beach, its proceeds supporting Florida Animal Friend’s efforts to spay and neuter pets across the state. 
Protect Our Reefs also makes an entry. The design features fish circling a cartoonish coral reef and sales benefit the Mote Marine Laboratory, helping to fund coral reef research, restoration, education and conservation.
Note: All lists have the most recent data from FLHSMV, dated September 2021.


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