Atkins presented the council with a rendering of the plate Tuesday. His design replaces the one created by marine muralist Robert Wyland, which was discontinued after a dispute about the plate's proceeds.
"All of the money raised in the sale goes to educational programs," Atkins said. "I even bought one. It's a good cause, and I am pleased to have worked on it."
Proceeds support the annual Coastal Cleanup Day, the year-round Adopt-A-Beach program, grants and the Coastal Conservancy beach access and habitat restoration projects.
Iseman said she was inspired to propose decals idea by a letter to the editor she read that suggested city trolleys should be named for artists.
"You could take the 'Wendt Trolley' — kind of cute," Iseman said. "Then I came up with the idea to put the license plate decals on the trolleys."
Iseman is urging locals to buy the plates. She has a bet with the mayor of Dana Point about which city will have the most.
They can be purchased through Ecoplates.com or at the Department of Motor Vehicles, Iseman said.
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The 12-by-20 inch decals will be paid for out of the city's Water Quality Educational Fund.
A design for the decal will be prepared by staff for presentation to the council at the Sept. 6 meeting.