Florida senator Aaron Bean wants his state to make a better impression – and rightly so. Even though Florida has consistently been the number one destination for those traveling by car in the U.S., the senator (as well as the state’s Department of Transportation) thinks the sign welcoming people to it is, well, sort of unwelcoming. Compared to South Carolina, which is “extremely stately” according to Bean, the sign people see when they enter Florida’s state line is “piddly”.
After hitting the 90 million visitors mark in 2013, Florida’s chomping at the bit to hit 100 million this year, especially since half of those folks will cross the border in some sort of vehicle. In a fortuitous coup, a plan that will create epic archways that tower over palm trees and landscaping that screams “The Sunshine State”, will be placed at two key locations (Interstate 75 and Interstate 95), and is getting the green light, thanks to $2.8 million in funding from the DOT District.