FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 19, 2009
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Mel Martinez (R-FL) today announced that the U.S. Senate has approved the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration Commission. The commission will be charged with organizing state and local activities in the year 2015 to commemorate the 450th anniversary of St. Augustine, the oldest European-established city in the U.S. The commission legislation, authored by Senator Martinez and introduced with Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), was included as part of H.R. 146, the Public Lands Act.
"By celebrating St. Augustine's 450th anniversary, we are honoring our cultural heritage and history," Martinez said. "Planning for this national historic event will require a collaborative effort and the commission will bring together local, state, and federal officials, along with noted historians. This commission will work to properly organize a fitting recognition of our nation's oldest city."
The commission, consisting of fourteen members, will plan, develop, and carry out programs and activities appropriate for the commemoration. In addition, it will work to encourage various organizations throughout the United States to organize and participate in anniversary activities to expand understanding and appreciation of the significance of the founding and continuing history of St. Augustine.
Congressman John Mica (R-Winter Park) is leading the effort in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Senate measure now moves to the House for further consideration.
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