A sampling of the most recent news coverage of the 500th Anniversary of Ponce de Leon's discovery of La Florida.
St. Augustine Will Celebrate its 500th: Get Used to It
by Margo Pope, Florida Voices
The 500th anniversary of the arrival of Juan Ponce de Leon in what we call Florida is huge business. Florida’s tourism industry sells sunshine, beaches, history and golf to name a few of the top draws. State statistics show it has more than a $67 billion economic impact annually on our state.
In St. Johns County, the annual impact from tourism is around $716 million, according to Richard Goldman, head of the county’s Visitor and Convention Bureau. That returns approximately $43 million in county sales tax revenue annually, he said. Read more...
Florida: 500 years of the Sunshine State
By Kathy Arnold, UK Telegraph
Just north of Orlando and Miami, Kathy Arnold discovers a corner of Florida that has changed little since the first Spanish colonists arrived 500 years ago . Read more ...
As 500th anniversary nears, cities vie for title of Ponce de Leon’s landing spot
By Jeff Klinkenberg, Tampa Bay Times
ST. AUGUSTINE -- — Where did that most ambitious conquistador, Juan Ponce de Leon, wade ashore five centuries ago and name his prize "La Florida?" Inquiring minds all over our state would like to know, the sooner the better, for planning purposes. Read more here ...
Cultural, heritage events celebrate Florida’s 500th anniversary
By Diane Daniel, Globe correspondent
The Top 10 Events for Florida's 500th Birthday
By Roberta Sandler, Dallas Morning News correspondent
St. Augustine Celebrates 500th Anniversary