ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Governor Scott is in St. Augustine today to kick off the state's 500th anniversary celebration.
The celebration started this morning with a bang. Governor Rick Scott looked on as cannons were fired from the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument just before sunrise to mark the beginning of the 500th anniversary celebratio
"It's exciting," says Governor Scott. "500 years ago Ponce de Leon came here and named Florida, la Florida. And this is a great celebration this year for the 500."
The governor, along with Attorney General Pam Bondi, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam gathered at the fort to kick off the year long celebration in the place where it all began.
"April 2nd is the day best of anyone's knowledge that Ponce de Leon discovered the new world here. St Augustine is the best place to commemorate five centuries of history being made," said Commissioner Adam Putnam.
After the fort, the governor toured the colonial quarters with a few local elementary students. Where they learned about what life was like 500 years ago. The governor rounded off his day in St. Augustine with a cabinet meeting at Flagler College, where military members and local teachers were honored as part of the event.
Even Ponce de Leon joined in on the fun to honor this land he discovered 500 years ago. He proclaimed, 'Viva Florida
The celebration will continue tomorrow with a re-enactment of the landing of Ponce de Leon
along St. Augustine's bayfront, beginning at 9 a.m.