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Spanish, Puerto Rican flags to stay at Ponce de Leon Landing


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Dave Berman, Florida Today

Tags: Ponce de Leon Landing, Brevard County

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – The flags of Spain and Puerto Rico will continue to fly at Juan Ponce de Leon Landing south of Melbourne Beach, after county commissioners rejected Commissioner John Tobia’s proposal to have them removed, News 6 partner Florida Today reported.

Tobia contends the flags are inappropriate to have in the county park, on the same display as a U.S. flag and a Florida flag. He said the flags — displayed on a flagpole with an «unconventional ‘nautical’ design» — were creating «an inordinate amount of confusion and consternation among local residents.»

Furthermore, Tobia questions the theory that the Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon’s landing in Florida in 1513 was in what is now the Melbourne Beach area, calling that theory «extremely unlikely.» Other theories place Ponce de Leon’s first landing in Florida at what is now St. Augustine.

“Santa Claus spent as much time in Ponce de Leon Park as Ponce de Leon,” Tobia said.

Commissioners, however, voted 3-2 against Tobia’s proposal to replace the Spanish and Puerto Rican flags with the Brevard County flag and the POW/MIA flag.

County Commission Chair Bryan Lober voted with Tobia to make the change. Vice Chair Rita Pritchett and Commissioners Kristine Isnardi and Curt Smith voted against the change.

The 13 members of the public who addressed the County Commission before Tuesday night’s vote were similarly divided.

Eight — most of whom said they were Hispanic — supported keeping the flag display as is.

Palm Bay resident Santa Isabel Wright told commissioners that she was «appalled» that Tobia was «trying so hard to erase our history,»

She said the county instead should do more to promote the Melbourne Beach area as what she says was the landing site for Ponce de Leon.

«Accept it, embrace it and promote it,» Wright said.

Melbourne Beach resident Christina Keshishian called Ponce de Leon Landing “an international spot of distinction.”

Five speakers backed Tobia’s proposal. Three of those speakers said they were Native American, and have issues with Ponce de Leon, a conquistador who some cite for contributing to the disappearance of Native American cultures in Florida.

«I don’t want to honor any invaders,» said Titusville resident Juanita Zermeno, who said she is both Native American and Hispanic. «They came, they conquered, they destroyed.»

Melbourne Beach resident Pat Pasley said she was “heartbroken” when she saw the flag display at Ponce de Leon Landing, because she felt the U.S. flag was “being disrespected.”

Isnardi said the issue is troubling for her. But she decided to vote against Tobia’s proposal because “tearing down flags will cause more division in this community.”

«This is a tough one,» Lober said. «I don’t think there is a perfect outcome.»

Lober said he decided to vote in favor of Tobia’s proposal, because Ponce de Leon Landing is in Tobia’s County Commission District 3, and Lober generally tries to support a commissioner’s wishes on a local issue within that commissioner’s district.

Additionally, Lober said he felt the speakers from the local Native American community raised valid concerns about Ponce de Leon.

Although Pritchett voted against Tobia’s proposal, she defended Tobia against the criticism directed at him by some of the speakers.

«Commissioner Tobia is a good person,» Pritchett said.

After the meeting, Melbourne resident Samuel Lopez, who has been pushing the Ponce de Leon Landing project for 19 years, said he is pleased the majority of the County Commission supported keeping the Spanish and Puerto Rican flags there.

«We won, and we’re going to continue the project,» said Lopez, who is chairman of the Florida Puerto Rican/Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and a former member of the Brevard County Historic Commission.

The 25.57-acre park at 4005 State Road A1A was created in the mid-1980s, when it was known as South Beaches Regional Park. It was renamed Ponce Landing in 2000, and renamed Juan Ponce de Leon Landing in 2002.

The County Commission in 2006 approved design for park improvements, including a statue of Ponce de Leon, a granite wall and the flag display. But it was not until October that the flag display was completed. Tobia noted that none of the current commissioners were on the board when the original design was approved.

Under U.S. Flag Code, when the U.S. flag is flown with the flag of another country, the flags must be displayed from a separate pole of the same height. The U.S. and Spanish flags are at the same height in the display at Ponce de Leon Landing, with the flag of Florida and Puerto Rico below them.

Merritt Island resident Martha Pessaro, who addressed commissioners on behalf the Native Heritage Gathering, said after the meeting that local Native Americans don’t want a county park in their honor.

Rather, she said, they want more cultural education and recognition that the the first people who lived on the land that now is Brevard County were Native Americans.

Pessaro contends, for example, that the signage at Ponce de Leon Landing does not reflect the history of the Native American people who were here before the Europeans landed.

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Why is Juan Ponce de León famous?

Juan Ponce de León was a Spanish explorer. In 1508–09 he explored and settled Puerto Rico, founding the colony’s oldest settlement, Caparra, near what is now San Juan. He is also credited with being the first European to reach Florida (1513).

What did Juan Ponce de León discover?

Juan Ponce de León is credited with being the first European to reach Florida. In April 1513 he landed on the coast of Florida at a site between Saint Augustine and Melbourne Beach. He named the region Florida because it was discovered at Easter time (Spanish: Pascua Florida).

How did Juan Ponce de León die?

In 1521 Juan Ponce de León sailed to Florida with two ships and 200 men and landed near Charlotte Harbor. There he was wounded by an arrow during an Indian attack, and he died after being returned to Cuba.

Juan Ponce de León, (born 1460?, Santervás de Campos, Valladolid, León [Spain]—died 1521, Havana, Cuba), Spanish explorer who founded the first European settlement on Puerto Rico and who is credited with being the first European to reach Florida (1513).

Born into a noble family, Ponce de León was a page in the royal court of Aragon and later fought in a campaign against the Moors in Granada. It is possible that he began his career of exploration in 1493 as part of Christopher Columbus’s second expedition to the New World. In 1502 he was in the West Indies as a captain serving under Nicolás de Ovando, governor of Hispaniola. As a reward for suppressing an Indian mutiny, Ponce de León was named by Ovando to be the provincial governor of the eastern part of Hispaniola. Hearing persistent reports of gold to be found on Puerto Rico, Ponce de León in 1508–09 explored and settled that island, founding the colony’s oldest settlement, Caparra, near what is now San Juan. He then returned to Hispaniola and was named governor of Puerto Rico but was soon displaced from the governorship through the political maneuvering of rivals.

The Spanish crown encouraged Ponce de León to continue searching for new lands. Tradition holds that he had learned from Indians of an island called Bimini (in the Bahamas) on which there was a miraculous spring or fountain that could rejuvenate those who drank from it (the Fountain of Youth). Although the quest for this fabled site might have been a contributing influence to Ponce de León’s explorations, modern scholarship suggests that it was not the primary motive.

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He led a privately outfitted expedition from Puerto Rico in March 1513 and in April of that year landed on the coast of Florida at a site between modern Saint Augustine and Melbourne Beach. At the time he did not realize that he was on the mainland of North America and instead supposed he had landed on an island. He named the region Florida because it was discovered at Easter time (Spanish: Pascua Florida) and because it abounded in lush, florid vegetation. He coasted southward, sailing through the Florida Keys and ending his search near Charlotte Harbor on Florida’s west coast. He then returned to Puerto Rico and thence to Spain, where he secured the title in 1514 of military governor of Bimini and Florida with permission to colonize those regions.

In 1521 Ponce de León sailed again for Florida, with two ships and 200 men, and landed near Charlotte Harbor. On this occasion he was wounded by an arrow during an Indian attack, and he died after being returned to Cuba. Puerto Rico’s third largest city, Ponce, is named in his honour.

The Editors of Encyclopaedia BritannicaThis article was most recently revised and updated by Adam Zeidan.

Ponce de Leon, Daniel | is… What is Ponce de Leon, Daniel?

Daniel Ponce de León (Spanish Daniel Ponce de León ; July 27, 1980, Cuahtemoc, Chihuahua, Mexico) is a Mexican professional boxer, performing in the 2nd lightest weight category. World champion in the 2nd middle (WBO version, 2005-2008) weight category.


  • 1 2001-2007
  • 2 August 11, 2007 Daniel Ponce De Leon — Ray Bautista
  • 3 December 8, 2007 Daniel Ponce De Leon — Eduardo Escobedo
  • June 4 7, 2008 Daniel Ponce De Leon — Juan Manuel Lopez
  • 5 Links

Debuted in March 2001.

In February 2005, Ponce De Leon lost on points to Celestino Caballero.

In October 2005, he defeated Soda Looknonginyatoya and won the WBO 2nd bantamweight title.

In 2006-2007, Ponce De Leon successfully defended his title by defeating Herson Huerro, for the 2nd time Sod Looknonginyatoy, Al Seeger and Jerry Penalosa. nine0007

August 11, 2007 Daniel Ponce De Leon — Ray Bautista

Total strokes Ponce De Leon Bautista
Hit the target 20 4
Discarded 65 36
Percent 31% 11%
Power punch Ponce De Leon Bautista
Hit the target 19 3
Discarded 39 24
Percent 49% 13%
  • Location: MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
  • Result: Ponce De Leon won by unanimous decision in a 12-round fight
  • Status: WBO 2nd flyweight title fight (Ponce de Leon’s 5th defense)
  • Referee: John Shorley
  • Time: 2:30
  • Weight: Ponce De Leon 54. 90 kg; Bautista 55.06 kg
  • Broadcast: HBO BAD

In August 2007, Daniel Ponce De Leon defended his title against undefeated Filipino Ray Bautista. At the end of the 1st round, Ponce De Leon held a deuce in the jaw of the applicant. Bautista was driven and he fell onto the canvas. He got up, but he was rocking hard. The referee allowed him to continue the fight. The champion pounced on Bautista, and carried out several accurate blows to the jaw. The Filipino fell again. The referee immediately stopped the fight without opening the score. nine0007

December 8, 2007 Daniel Ponce De Leon — Eduardo Escobedo

Total strokes Ponce De Leon Escobedo
Hit the target 184 136
Discarded 1096 570
Percent 17% 24%
Power punches Ponce De Leon Escobedo
Had to hit the target 176 101
Discarded 734 359
Percent 24% 28%
  • Location: MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
  • Result: Ponce De Leon won by unanimous decision in a 12-round fight
  • Status: WBO 2nd flyweight title fight (Ponce de Leon’s 6th defense)
  • Referee: Kenny Bayless
  • Judges score: Adelaide Bird (95-94), Duane Ford (96-93), Robert Hoyle (97-92)
  • Weight: Ponce De Leon 54. 90 kg; Escobedo 55.30 kg
  • Broadcast: HBO PPV
  • Unofficial judge’s score: Harold Lederman (116-112 Ponce de Leon)

In December 2007, Ponce de Leon entered the ring against compatriot Eduardo Escobedo. The champion had the upper hand and won by unanimous decision. The fight took place as part of a show organized by HBO, the main event of which was the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Ricky Hatton. nine0007

June 7, 2008 Daniel Ponce De Leon — Juan Manuel Lopez

Total strokes Ponce De Leon Lopez
Hit the target 6 16
Discarded 41 51
Percent 15% 31%
  • Location: Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
  • nine0016 Result: Lopez won by TKO in the 1st round in a 12-round fight

  • Status: WBO 2nd flyweight title (Ponce de Leon’s 7th defense)
  • Referee: Mike Ortega
  • Time: 2:25
  • Weight: Ponce De Leon 54. 90 kg; Lopez 54.90 kg
  • Broadcast: HBO

In June 2008, Ponce de Leon entered the ring against undefeated Puerto Rican Juan Manuel Lopez. In the middle of the 1st round, Lopez held a counter hook to the jaw and the Mexican, staggering, fell to the floor. He got up at the expense of 5. Lopez rushed to finish him off. The champion tried to go into defense, but could not stand for a long time. Lopez cornered him and landed a series of accurate hooks to the jaw. Ponce de Leon collapsed onto the canvas. He barely got up, but immediately fell on the ropes. The referee stopped the count and stopped the fight. nine0007

  • March 5, 2011 lost to an American, Adrian Broner.


  • Service record

Scotty, Andres — Wikipedia

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Andrés Scotti Ponce de León (Spanish Andrés Scotti Ponce de León ; born December 14, 1975, Montevideo) is an Uruguayan footballer who played as a defender.


  • 1 Biography
  • 2 Achievements
    • 2.1 Command
    • 2.2 Personal
  • 3 Notes
  • 4 Links

Started his career in 1996 with Central Espanyol, then played for clubs in Uruguay (including Nacional), Chile, Russia, Mexico and Argentina.

2003-2006 played for the Russian «Rubin» (Kazan), in 2003 he won the bronze of the championship and entered the list of 33 best players in the Russian championship under the third number.

Rubin’s fans remember him for his ability to throw the ball from out of bounds for several tens of meters, in fact, through the floor of the field. Thanks to this, several spectacular goals were scored.

From 2006 to 2013 he played for the national team of Uruguay, in its composition he took part in the America’s Cup (already being a football player of the Argentinean «Argentinos Juniors») in 2007, as well as in qualifying matches for the 2010 World Cup. Semi-finalist of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and winner of the America’s Cup 2011 in Argentina.

In 2018-2019, Scotty was a member of the FIFA-appointed Stabilization Committee of the Uruguayan Football Association, which served on an interim basis in the leadership of the country’s main football organization, after the departure of Vilmar Valdes and until the assumption of the new president of the AUF, Ignacio Alonso [3] [4] .


Montevideo Wanderers
  • Uruguay Liguilla Winner: 2001
  • Champion of Uruguay: 2002, 2011/12
  • Winner of the Aperture: 2002
  • Bronze medalist of the Russian Championship: 2003
  • Officer of the America Cup: 2011


  • List of the 33 best players of the Russian championship: No. 3 — 2003
  1. ↑ Andrés Scotti // Transfermarkt.

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