Florida Bay is a vast, shallow-water estuary situated at the end of the Everglades watershed. There is nowhere else in the world quite like it. Its renowned fisheries and diversity of birds and wildlife beckon travelers from around the globe. Generations of families and visitors have discovered the wonder of its untamed wilderness. However, the health of the Florida Bay ecosystem faces many threats, and the future of the bay is in our hands – we must work together to protect and conserve this special place for today and forever. Check out our initial project funding priorities.
Marine Debris Removal
Long Term Funding Priorities
The proceeds from the Florida Bay Forever specialty plate will support conservation, education, and scientific programs in Everglades National Parks, including water cleanup, removal of derelict vessels, seagrass restoration, and aids to navigation, as well as long term funding projects. These long term priorities include wilderness waterway chickees, waterway trail maintenance, law enforcement staff support, interpretation staff support, historic fish cleaning stations, and Everglades environmental education programs.
Specialty plate vouchers can be purchased online, at all county tax collector offices, and tag agencies in Florida for $25 plus applicable charges.
Historic Fish Cleaning
Specialty License Plate
Florida Bay Forever Makes a Difference
“I am excited that this plate is finally moving forward and that it could potentially provide a significant ongoing revenue stream to improve park operations and visitor amenities. This is not only important to the Park but is also beneficial to the "Gateway" City of Homestead.”Stephen ShelleyCouncilman
“Hurricane season, floodings, and the COVID-19 pandemic have seriously affected national park attendance. Selling 3,000 Florida Bay Forever specialty tags before the end of next year would put us in a privileged position to continue helping the Everglades National Park as we've been doing since 1951.”Jim SuttonExecutive Director of the FNPA
“I was in Everglades National Park to photograph a sunrise over Florida Bay when I noticed a classic Florida Bay fishing scene. With a little patience, timing, and luck I was able to capture the angler mid-cast with the birds flying through the scene.”Robert L. ChaplinPhotographer and author of the Florida Bay Forever image