The snow birds are still flocking in record numbers to Florida, while Gov Ron DeSantis is booking flights northward to sanctuary states like New York.
A record number of New Yorkers switched their driver’s licenses to the Sunshine State version last month, according to a report from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles data.
A total of 5,838 of Gothamites made the switch in August — the highest recorded number for a single month in history, the numbers show.
Since January a total of 41,885 New Yorkers have handed over their licenses after moving south, a torrid pace that’s pointing to a new annual record.
California also set a new high for license exchanges with Florida in August, passing the 3,000 mark for the first time, logging 3,059 swaps.
The same applied to New Jersey last month, which saw a record 3,259 license switches.
A slew of other states — including Washington, Oregon, Pennsylvania — all set new records for Florida driver’s license applications, the data shows.
Florida has received 321,881 out-of-state license trade requests in 2022.
All this suggests another hat-tip to to Gov. Ron DeSantis over his Democratic rival Charlie Christ in November.
Given these numbers for New York, it seems Gov. Kathy Hochul is getting her wish that former Empire State residents are leaving in droves for Florida.
Perhaps her Republican challenger Lee Zeldin can stem the tide come November.