Miami – “The Gateway to the Americas”
November 7, 2004
Miami – "The Gateway to the Americas"
November 7, 2004 – The Florida Department of State has trademarked Miami as the ‘"Gateway to the Americas."
They have also trademarked ‘Gateway of the Americas’ with the United States Patent and Trademark Office in order to prevent other cities such as Atlanta or New Orleans from using the phrase.
According to the Miami Herald, the new slogan is part of the state’s drive to have Miami selected as the location for the permanent headquarters of the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas.
"We feel that after four decades of being called by others and calling ourselves the gateway, it would make sense to have license over this phrase that others see fit to use, frankly, undeservingly," said Jorge Arrizurieta, the president of Florida FTAA -the organization leading Florida’s lobbying efforts for the secretariat.