What’s in a name? The new name for the ‘Florida travel advisory’
The new Florida travel advisory issued by the Department of Transportation (DOT) this week is quite a departure from the previous name: “Florida Travel Advisory.”
The new name is not exactly clear, but in a tweet from DOT on Tuesday morning, it did not specifically mention the old name, either.
What’s the deal with the name change?
The DOT said that the name “is intended to reflect the fact that the current travel advisories reflect current conditions and are not intended to create a national identity or to provide guidance to individual travelers or businesses.
The new travel advisors are intended to provide timely and accurate information that reflects the latest information and trends.
We are not creating an identity for the public or businesses to use.
The travel advisaries will remain in effect.”
That’s certainly a change from the name of the old, confusing, “Florida travel warning.”
The original “Florida Warning” was a vague, vague, and sometimes misleading name for a similar, less confusing warning issued by state agencies across the country.
It was removed from the federal travel advisory in October 2015, but remained in place for more than a year.
The DOT’s new name may be a good thing, or it may be just another attempt to obscure the fact it is still the same agency.
It will be up to the Department to decide whether to stay the course and keep the name.
The original warning also had a very limited lifespan, lasting only six months.
Its original text, however, still survives in print, and it remains online, for example, for those who want to see it in its entirety.
There’s also a chance that the old “Florida” could eventually be replaced by another name: the “Florida Transportation Advisory.”
The DOT’s original name was still “Florida,” and a new name would likely be more consistent with the agency’s name.
It remains unclear what impact the name may have on the public, and how much longer the name will remain on the state travel advisory.
The new travel advisory is now online at:Florida travel advisory.dot.gov