Florida Hispanic Heritage Month 2013
September 15 - October 15:
"Commemorating 500 Years: An Ongoing Journey"
Florida's diversity enriches our communities every day, and during Hispanic Heritage Month we take time to recognize how Florida's growing Hispanic population contributes to our state's culture while also strengthening Florida's ties to Spain and Latin America. This year marks 500 years of history and diverse cultural heritage in Florida - a claim no other state in America can make. This year through Viva Florida 500, we have recognized the diversity of Florida's people and cultures with events across the state to commemorate the arrival of Juan Ponce de León to the land he named La Florida in 1513.
As Floridians celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, it is my privilege to honor the state's past and envision its bright future with this year's theme, "Commemorating 500 Years: An Ongoing Journey." Florida's history has been written, in part, by the contributions of strong Hispanic leaders who have helped make our state the best place to live in the nation. The 2013 Hispanic Heritage Month Contests will help students appreciate those contributions and encourage our young people to imagine Florida's future.
I remain focused on making Florida the best place to live, work, and visit. With nearly 370,000 private sector jobs created since December 2010, families across Florida are finding more opportunities to find jobs and live the American Dream. Working together, I am confident our state will continue to prosper.