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    Press a state stamp on your next letter

    By ALISA ULFERTS, Times Staff Writer
    © St. Petersburg Times
    published April 5, 2002

    TALLAHASSEE -- Want to remind your friends and relatives that you live in the land of sandy beaches and sunshine? Stick the new "Greetings from FLORIDA" stamp on your next round of holiday cards.

    The stamps, part of a series depicting the 50 states in postcard style, are designed to encourage Americans to travel around the country and boost the nation's tourism industry.

    Gov. Jeb Bush and Lt. Gov. Frank Brogan on Thursday unveiled Florida's stamp, which shows people strolling on white beaches with a space shuttle launching in the background.

    "I think we have the prettiest of the 50 states," Bush said.

    More important, Bush and other state tourism officials hope the new stamp encourages people to visit the Sunshine State, which has suffered economically since the terrorist attacks.

    "After Sept. 11, we were knocked for a jolt," Bush said. Things are beginning to look up, and Visit Florida, the state's main tourism marketing organization, gave away a trip to the Space Coast on Thursday.

    Packs of 50 stamps will include information about each state's bird, flower and capital.

    Governors across the nation held ceremonies Thursday to announce their stamps.

    **Postal officials also hope the campaign, a joint effort with the Travel Industry Association of America, will restore confidence in the postal system that was eroded by last year's anthrax cases.

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