PONTE VEDRA, Fla. -- Juan Ponce de Leon landed on the beaches of Ponte Vedra at noon on Tuesday.
Of course it was not the real Juan Ponce de Leon, the same one that landed on the shores of La Florida on April 2, 1513, but a re-enactment marking 500 years since his arrival.
The re-enactment took place near the spot that some believe is the exact place where de Leon landed, based on a latitude coordinate was recorded by one of the crewmen on Ponce de Leon's ships.
Following the re-enactment, a statue of de Leon was unveiled at the North beach access parking lot of the Guana Tolomato Matanzas Estuarine Research Reserve.
The statue and base were donated to the State of Florida and were unveiled by Florida's Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater.
First Coast News