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Florida Constitution Revision Commission

PUB 700131: Flags, Seals, Symbols by Loyal Millett

ARTICLE II: GENERAL PROVISIONS, Section 4. State seal and flag.

SECTION 4. State seal and flag.

The design of the great seal and flag of the state shall be prescribed by law.

ARTICLE II: GENERAL PROVISIONS, New Section.

Catchline: State Seal and Flag; Local Seals and Flags.

 

(a) GREAT SEAL. There shall be a Great Seal of the State of Florida, which shall be kept by the Secretary of State, and shall be designed as prescribed by law.

(b) STATE FLAG. The current flag of the State of Florida shall be replaced no later than March 3, 2020. The new and redesigned flag shall become effective upon the approval vote of the electors of the State.

(c) GOVERNOR'S FLAG. There shall be a flag for the Governor which shall be designed as prescribed by law.

(d) LOCAL SEALS AND FLAGS. Each of the counties shall design and adopt, upon the approval vote of the electors thereof, an official seal and a flag.

(e) RESTRICTIONS.

(1) No seal or flag of the State, the Governor, the Legislature, the Judiciary, the counties, or the municipalities, shall bear any resemblance of the national, naval, or battle flags of the former Confederate States of America.

(2) None of the said Confederate flags shall be flown from any building, facility, park, library, educational institution, courthouse, jailhouse, or any other structure that is owned and operated by the State, the Legislature, the Judiciary, the counties, or the municipalities.

(3) The displaying of the said Confederate flags within properly-designated exhibits at museums or historic sites shall be permitted

 

ARTICLE II: GENERAL PROVISIONS, New Section.

Catchline: State Symbols.

 

(1) STATE FLOWER. The official flower is the Ghost-Orchid (Dendrophylax lindenii).

(2) STATE WILDFLOWER. The official wildflower is the Coreopsis.

(3) STATE AQUATIC PLANT. The official aquatic plant is Duckweed (Lemna valdiviana or Spirodela polyrhiza).

(4) STATE GRASS. The official grass is Sawgrass (Cladium jamaicensis).

(5) STATE SOIL. The official soil is Myakka Fine Sand (sandy, siliceous, hyperthermic Aeric Haplaquods).

(6) STATE STONE. The official stone is Agatized Coral, a chalcedony pseudomorph after coral, appearing as limestone geodes lined with botryoidal agate or quartz crystals and drusy quartz fingers.

(7) STATE GEM. The official gem is the Moonstone, a transparent or translucent feldspar of pearly or opaline luster.

(8) STATE MINERAL. The official mineral is Calcite.

(9) STATE FOSSIL. The official fossil is the Metaxytherium floridanum.

(10) STATE SHELL. The official shell is the Horse Conch (Pleuroploca gigantea).

(11) STATE TREE. The official tree is the Sabal Palmetto.

(12) STATE FRUIT. The official fruit is the Orange (Citrus sinensis and hybrids thereof).

(13) STATE VEGETABLE. The official vegetable is the Greenbean (Phaseolus vulgaris).

(14) STATE COLORS. The official colors are Orange, Green, White, and Red.

(15) STATE ANIMAL. The official animal is the Dolphin (Porpoise).

(16) STATE BIRD. The official bird is the Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja).

(17) STATE WATERFOWL. The official waterfowl is the Florida Mottled Duck (Anas fulvigula).

(18) STATE GAME BIRD: The official game bird is the Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo).

(19) STATE RAPTOR. The official raptor is the Florida Snail Kite (Rostrhamus sociabilis).

(20) STATE LAND MAMMAL. The official land mammal is the Florida Panther.

(21) STATE FLYING MAMMAL. The official flying mammal is the Seminole Bat (Lasiurus seminolus).

(22) STATE MARINE MAMMAL. The official marine mammal is the Florida Manatee.

(23) STATE FRESHWATER FISH. The official freshwater fish is the Suwannee Bass (Microterpus notius).

(24) STATE SALTWATER FISH. The official saltwater fish is the Atlantic Sailfish (Istiophorus platypterus).

(25) STATE CRUSTACEAN. The official crustacean is the Florida Stone Crab (Menippe mercenaria).

(26) STATE BUTTERFLY. The official butterfly is the Zebra Longwing (Heliconius charithonia).

(27) STATE INSECT. The official insect is the Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly (Erythemis simplicicollis).

(28) STATE REPTILES. The official reptiles are the American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) and the American Crocodile (Crocodylus acutus).

(29) STATE LAND REPTILE. The official land reptile is the Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus).

(30) STATE MARINE REPTILE. The official marine reptile is the Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta).

(31) STATE AMPHIBIAN. The official amphibian is the Reticulated Flatwoods Salamander (Ambystoma bishopi).

(32) STATE HORSE. The official horse is the Florida Cracker Horse (Marshtackie).

(33) STATE CATTLE. The official cattle is the Florida Cracker Cattle.

(34) STATE BEVERAGE. The official beverage is the juice obtained from mature oranges of the species Citrus sinensis or hybrids thereof.

(35) STATE MORNING BEVERAGE. The official morning beverage is Cuban coffee.

(36) STATE SANDWICH. The official sandwich is the Cuban sandwich.

(37) STATE DESSERT. The official dessert is Key Lime Pie.

(38) STATE HONEY. The official honey is Tupelo Honey.

(39) STATE APPETIZER. The official appetizer is Conch Fritters.

(40) STATE GAME. The official game is Dominoes.

(41) STATE TEAM SPORT. The official team sport is Baseball.

(42) STATE INDIVIDUAL SPORT. The official individual sport is Snorkeling.

(43) STATE DOG. The official dog is the Florida Cracker Cur.

(44) STATE MUSICAL INSTRUMENT. The official musical instrument is the Banjo.

(45) STATE BERRY. The official berry is the Blackberry.

(46) STATE BOAT. The official boat is the Seminole tribal dugout canoe.

(47) STATE CORAL. The official coral is Staghorn Coral (Acropora cervicornis).

(48) STATE SPACECRAFT. The official spacecraft are the space shuttle orbiters of the NASA Space Shuttle Program, namely: the Enterprise, the Columbia, the Challenger, the Discovery, the Atlantis, and the Endeavour.

(49) STATE SYMBOL OF SPACE EXPLORATION. The official symbol of space exploration is the Apollo 11 spaceflight that launched from Merritt Island on July 16, 1969 and successfully landed the first two humans on the Moon on July 20, 1969.

(50) STATE SHIP. The official ship is the USS Florida (SSGN-728) submarine.

(b) Additional symbols for the State of Florida may be designated by the Governor or the Legislature.