For Immediate Release
July 9, 2024


Florida Announces “Free State of Florida” Placed on All Welcome Signs

A road sign stating

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— Florida is pleased to announce that the "Free State of Florida" has been placed on all welcome signs offering a warm welcome to visitors as they enter and leave on major state roadways.

A road sign stating

The new signage now features messages highlighting Florida's status as a top tourist destination, including "Hurry Back" signs that pay homage to the historic mid-century welcome centers.

A historic mid-century welcome center with a sign stating

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The mission of the Florida Department of Transportation is to provide a safe statewide transportation system that promotes the efficient movement of people and goods, supports the state’s economic competitiveness, prioritizes Florida’s environment and natural resources, and preserves the quality of life and connectedness of the state’s communities.