New state line signs welcome drivers to ‘Free State of Florida’

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Drivers traveling into Florida across state lines will now be treated with new signs.

Over the weekend, Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Jared Perdue shared a new look at the signage, which now reads, "WELCOME TO THE FREE STATE OF FLORIDA."

"No better way to celebrate Independence Day Weekend," Perdue's post on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, reads.

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The phrase "free state of Florida" was first mentioned in Gov. Ron DeSantis' second inaugural address in January 2023. It has become a signature for the Florida governor, who often mentions the phrase multiple times at his various news conferences and bill signings.

Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nunez also shared a photo of herself next to the new signs on X, writing "this," with a bullseye emoji.

The new signage also features a "HURRY BACK TO THE FREE STATE OF FLORIDA" message on the opposite side, which FDOT said is an homage to the historic welcome centers pictured above.

WFLA reached out to the Department of Transportation asking how many signs were replaced and what the total cost was for the replacements and has not yet received a response.

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