There’s a new license plate coming to Florida. The new specialty plate ‘Don’t Tread On Me’, and some people are not happy about it.

Specialty and personalized license plates here in Florida are nothing new. The most popular of the specialty plates is “Endless Summer”. “Helping Sea Turtles Survive”, “University of Florida”, “Florida State University”, and “Miami Heat” plates make up the rest of the top 5. I’ve had a ‘State Of The Arts’ Florida plate for many years. Not because of the charity, because it matched the color of my car. It’s nice that I’m supporting the arts, but I really did choose it for the color scheme. Well, this new plate is black and yellow, but that’s not what has people upset.

The “Don’t Tread On Me” slogan, which is also known as the Gadsden flag, was first flown on a warship in 1775 as a battle cry for American independence from British taxation and rule, according to Dictionary.com.  In more recent times the flag has been adopted by groups who want smaller government and lower taxes. Governor DeSantis has made his thoughts clear in a tweet: “The free state of Florida has a new license plate for pre-order that benefits the Florida Veterans Foundation and sends a clear message to out-of-state cars, “Don’t Tread on Me” or Florida.”