Pinellas County Tax Collector Employees Have Their Hearts Set on “Heart Month” 

Stop Heart Disease specialty license plate

The “Stop Heart Disease” Florida specialty tag benefits the Florida Heart Research Foundation.

PINELLAS COUNTY, FL – The offices of the Pinellas County Tax Collector have their hearts in the right place this February — showing their support for heart health and the Florida Heart Research Foundation.

For several years now, they have partnered with the FL Heart Research Foundation for “Heart Month” which occurs each February. The offices share heart-healthy facts, wear red in support of heart health and advocacy, and raise funds for the Florida Heart Research Foundation through the sale of heart-themed merchandise and specialty license plates.

Customers who visit the Tax Collector’s office this February and switch to the “Stop Heart Disease” license plate will be eligible for a rebate of up to $85. This covers the cost of the first year of the specialty plate annual use fee, Florida’s original/replacement license plate fee, and processing fees. Future renewal revenue goes to the Florida Heart Research Foundation for cardiovascular disease education and prevention. To receive a rebate check, drivers must mail a voucher form along with a copy of their receipt to the Florida Heart Research Foundation.

Customers who take advantage of this special offer also receive one free “Stop Heart Disease” gift of their choice. Those who donate a $1 or more to the FL Heart Foundation this month will receive a special thank you gift, plus there is heart-themed merchandise available for sale, with all proceeds sent to the FL Heart Research Foundation.

“We are proud to once again partner with Florida Heart Research Foundation this year,” Tax Collector Charles W. Thomas said. “A healthy community is a happy community and at our offices, we’re all about making our community a better place, while giving back as much as we can.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control, heart disease is the leading cause of both men and women in the United States, responsible for one in four deaths. Each year, about 805,000 Americans suffer a heart attack.

The Florida Heart Research Foundation was founded in 1944 and was the first heart hospital and research center in the world. It supports cutting-edge research to save lives and funds heart disease education and prevention efforts like “Heart Month.” For more information about the organization and the “Stop Heart Disease” license plate, visit


ABOUT THE PINELLAS COUNTY TAX COLLECTOR’S OFFICE: The Pinellas County Tax Collector’s Office is a constitutionally elected office. Responsibilities include collecting and distributing state and local taxes and providing driver license and motor vehicle registration services to Pinellas County residents. For more information, visit