PASCUA FLORIDA

Statue of Juan Ponce de Leon at Bayside Marketplace in Miami.

Statue of Juan Ponce de Leon at Bayside Marketplace in Miami.

I saw this statue of Juan Ponce de Leon at Bayside Marketplace in Miami on April 2. It was the day I went to the Arts and Hospitality Breakfast. I went to the breakfast seeking new opportunities to serve the community and develop new relationships. On April 2, 1513, Ponce de Leon sighted the coast of Florida looking for gold and hoping to find new territory for the Spanish crown. I guess Florida has always been a land of opportunity. I am sure the Native Americans who first came to Florida had their share of hopes and dreams, too.

Plaque at the base of the statue of Juan Ponce de Leon.

Plaque at the base of the statue of Juan Ponce de Leon.

According to Wikipedia, Ponce de Leon named the coastline he saw La FLorida or Pascua Florida (Flowery Easter) because it was Easter and the land was in bloom. Easter is a time of rebirth and renewal. A day that Christians celebrate the resurrection of the Jesus Christ.

Easter a time to find hope. A time to reach out to others.

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