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Florida Department of State Continues Viva Florida

The Florida Department of State Continues Viva Florida


Florida Department of State Honors Black History Month through Viva Florida Events

Florida Department of State Honors Black History Month through Viva Florida Events


Statewide Time Capsule Seals 500th Year

On December 31, 2013, Secretary of State Ken Detzner closed the Viva Florida 500 statewide time capsule, to be opened again in 2095.


Secretary of State Ken Detzner Announces Viva Florida 500 Participation in all of Florida’s 67 Counties

Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced statewide participation in the yearlong Viva Florida 500 commemoration, with all 67 counties in Florida reporting a Viva Florida 500 event or activity taking place during 2013.


Secretary of State Ken Detzner Announces Viva Florida 500 Summer Events

Secretary of State Ken Detzner today announced a series of Viva Florida 500 summer events and activities highlighting Florida’s 500 year anniversary.


Governor Scott Proclaims Viva Florida 500 Week

Florida Governor Rick Scott has proclaimed April 1-7, 2013 as Viva Florida 500 Week. Read the Governor’s proclamation here.


Cultural, heritage events celebrate Florida’s 500th anniversary

To celebrate the New World discovery in 1513, the Sunshine State is hosting a long list of cultural and heritage events under the campaign “Viva Florida 500.”


Florida, the object of my affection

I imagine a conversation between Juan Ponce de Leon and his childhood buddy Vasco da Gama in 1513 would go something like this:

“Hey, Vas, I just discovered the most beautiful place, filled with lush vegetation and white... More


Secretary of State Ken Detzner Joins Viva Florida 500 Partners to Announce Viva Florida 500 Week

Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner announces the start of Viva Florida 500 Week April 1-6, 2013, alongside several partners of the state’s initiative to commemorate Florida’s 500th anniversary.