Starting Aug. 1, the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse will be featured on every new Visit Our Lights specialty license plate sold by Florida’s Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. There is a $25 annual special fee for the plates, in addition to registration fees. Proceeds benefit the Florida Lighthouse Association, a nonprofit that supports the preservation of the state’s lighthouses. Car owners can get the new plate in the 90 days before their renewal date.
The current, original version of the specialty plate, available for purchase since 2008, depicts the striped St. Augustine Lighthouse. The new version showing the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse should be available for at least the next 10 years.
The lighthouse association is a cause worthy of statewide support, it provides grants to the state’s lighthouses and can dole that money out quickly, which is often critical for entities managing these historic structures.
Since 2009, the association has distributed more than $675,000 in grants supported by the sale of its specialty license plate.