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MEDIA ADVISORY: Secretary Detzner to Join Viva Florida 500 Partners to Announce Special Viva Florida 500 Week Events

Tallahassee, Florida –

Secretary of State Ken Detzner will join Viva Florida 500 partners including VISIT FLORIDA, The Florida Lottery, Friends of the Museums of Florida History, The Florida League of Cities, The Florida Humanities Council and Sachs Media Group to announce Viva Florida 500 Week and its corresponding special events from April 1-7, 2013. Members of the media are invited to the press conference, which will be at 10:00 a.m. on the 22nd Floor of the Capitol Building on Monday, April 1, 2013.

DATE:          Monday, April 1, 2013
TIME:           10:00 a.m.
LOCATION:  Florida State Capitol Building, 22nd Floor
                    300 South Monroe Street
                    Tallahassee, FL 32399

On or around April 2, 1513, Juan Ponce de León became the first recorded European to arrive on Florida’s shores or anywhere else in the current United States of America.

About Viva Florida 500

Viva Florida 500 is a statewide initiative led by the Florida Department of State, under the leadership of Governor Rick Scott, to highlight the 500 years of historic people, places and events in present-day Florida since the arrival of Juan Ponce de León to the land he named La Florida in 1513. While Florida’s Native American heritage dates back more than 12,000 years, Spain’s claim in 1513 began a new era in a place where the world’s cultures began to unite and transform into the great nation we know today as the United States of America. The Viva Florida 500 commemoration is ongoing throughout 2013, and includes more than 300 events statewide. For more information, visit