State’s time capsule tops Viva 500 salute to Ponce de Leon’s 1513 visit

Pinellas County video and photo of Fort Desoto included
TALLAHASSEE — A time capsule was buried in the state capital last month and it will include an item from every Florida county including Pinellas.
As part of last year’s Viva Florida 500 celebration, Secretary of State Ken Detzner coordinated the collection of items for the capsule from each of Florida’s 67 counties. One of the Department of State’s responsibilities is to serve as the state archivist.
The time capsule was sealed on Dec. 31 and will not be opened until March 3, 2095, the 250th anniversary of Florida's Statehood.
The sealing of the capsule was the culmination of the yearlong celebration of the 500th anniversary of Juan Ponce de Leon arriving on Florida’s east coast.
“It is a moment to remember," Detzner said. "500 years of history and also looking toward the future.” Detzner said during the ceremony.
The capsule will be on display on the first floor of Tallahassee’s R.A. Gray Building, which holds both The Museum of Florida History and the Secretary of State’s office.
The capsule also includes statewide items and those submitted by various legislative leaders and the Cabinet.
Gov. Rick Scott submitted the “Great Floridian” award which was bestowed to Ponce de Leon last year.
To represent Pinellas County, a video report of the Viva Florida 500 event of the public dedication last May of Pinellas County’s time capsule staged at Heritage Village in Largo and a photograph from the 50th anniversary of Fort De Soto Park is included.
For Hillsborough County, a news article discussing the controversial proposed demolition of the "Bro Bowl" at the Perry Harvey Sr. Park in the city of Tampa and a photograph of the skate park.
Many of the items are digital pictures, county brochures and various documents. Here’s a look at some items in the capsule:
- An alphabet cone shell from the beaches of Sanibel; a 24 karat gold finish limited edition Viva Florida 500 ornament; a painting of a royal poinsettia tree by Florida Highwayman James Gibson; a song and video produced by Howard Livingston with James Slatter for Key West's Viva 500 celebration; seed packets distributed across the state by the Florida Wildflower Foundation; a children's activity book about the state; a comprehensive historic preservation plan; a copy of the official state transportation map; the book, "The Next 100 Years," by George Friedman; one of the 500 porcelain flowers in a Viva 500 exhibit at Biscayne Nature Center; a replica of 16th century Spanish sailing ship, the El Galeon, used by European explorers; and a copy of the book, "Happy Birthday, Florida! (1513-2013)" by writer and illustrator Mary Dall.
For a list of all items in the capsule, visit
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