Florida, Puerto Rico
City of The Cayenalisa Pineapple
Foundation: As a known ward, Florida (flo-REE-dah) goes back to the middle of the last century. It was known as Florida Afuera belonging to Manatí. Later it was annexed to Barceloneta. In the 60’s the committee Pro Municipio 78 was constituted by the people who wanted to gain the victory of Florida. From this effort the Senate project “Senado 980” was created thanks to Lic. Juan Cancel Ríos. In 1971 the governor Don Luis A. Ferré, had the honor and the satisfaction to approve the project and Florida was constituted as municipality.
Location: Close to the nothern coast it borders north with Barceloneta and Manatí, south with Utuado and Ciales, west with Arecibo and east with Manatí and Ciales.
Area: 26.0 sq km / 10.0 sq. mi.
Population: 12,367 (census 2000)
Population Density: 475.6 per sq km / 1,236.7 per sq. mi.
People are known as:: Florideños o Floridianos
Florida is also known as:
Pueblo de la Piña Cayenalisa (City Of The Cayenalisa Pineapple)
La Tierra del Río Encantado (Land Of The Enchanted River)
Tierra de los Mogotes (Land Of Hills)
Wards: Florida is divided en various sectors:
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Population by Wards – Florida
Información: Negociado del Censo de los EE.UU. Censo 2000
Nuestra Señora de la Merced
Nuestra Señora de la Merced Parish
P.O. Box 437
Florida, Puerto Rico 00650-0437
Daily: 7:00pm – Nuestra Señora de la Merced Parish
Saturday: 5:00pm – Nuestra Señora del Carmen; 7:00pm – Nuestra Señora de la Merced Parish
Sunday: 8:00am – Santa Rosa de Lima; 10:00am – Nuestra Señora de la Merced Parish
Topografía: Limited to the north with Barceloneta, to the west with Arecibo, to the south with Ciales and to the east with Manati. The municipality belongs to the plains of the north and is surrounded by limestone or mogotes that protect it during the hurricanes. One of the highest hills is the Selgas zero, from which you can observe the entire town of Florida.
Its topography has a particular touch thanks to its mogotes and caves, typical of the north carso. One of its most known caves in Roman cave. It has three caverns inside and two of them pass a stream of water. Other caves are: Cueva Miró and Cueva Juana Gómez.
Economy: Manufacturing (plastics), agriculture (pineapple y juice nectors).
Average Salary: $221.28 weekly (1998)
Flag: Florida’s flag derives its colors and symbolism from the Coat Of Arms. It consists of three horizontal stripes, with the following colors and widths: green the superior and white the inferior, with five modules of width each one, the center one red, with a width of one module.
Coat Of Arms: Field of silver, in an abyss, a gules (red) anchored cross, between two branches of bloomed poinsettias (Poinsettia Pulcherrima). The Almeneda Campaign in green with a stripe forming waves, sabered, outlined in silver. At the top, a three tower gold crown. The shield can be surrounded, to its flanks and bottom by two crossed coffee tree branches with fruits, in a natural way.
The anchored cross is taken from the shield of the Llanes lineage’s last name that in its modified form is “Yanes”, which corresponds to the history and toponymy of the municipality of Florida but with its colors inverted, because in the family shield the cross is silver and its field is red. It remembers that the parish of Nuestra Señora de la Merced and San Juan Nepomuceno of Florida preceded in existence to the town of this name.
|ADOLFO EGÜEN||K-6||(787) 822-2904||PO Box 1169, P.R. 00650-0000|
|JUANITA RAMÍREZ GONZÁLEZ||PK-6||(787) 822-2190||PO Box 1167, P.R. 00650-0000|
|RICARDO RODRÍGUEZ TORRES||K-6||(787) 822-1005||Box 1175, P.R. 00650-0000|
|FRANCISCO FRÍAS MORALES||7-9||(787) 822-2263||PO Box 1170, P.R. 00650-0000|
|JUAN PONCE DE LEÓN II||10-12||(787) 822-2050||PO Box 366, P.R. 00650-0000|
Hymn: By Celia Arenas
Florida jardín hermoso
que perfuma tu tierra
con fragancias de amor,
soy el bardo que canta
cual coquí enamorado.
De tu río encantado,
de tu gente y tu honor.
Tienen un raro encanto
tus montes vigilantes.
tú eres el medallón.
Que luces apacible
sobre el pecho del río.
Pequeño pueblo mío
Y aunque de tí me aleje,
llevaré tu recuerdo.
Tu escudo y tu bandera,
sobre en mi corazón.
Levantaré mis manos
bendiciendo tu nombre.
Repitiendo tu himno,
que será mi oración.
Three Kings Festival – January
Aguinaldo Contest – January
Cayenalisa Pineapple Festival – July
Patron Festivities – September
Encantado River Cultural Festivities – October
Places To Visit:
Yanés Cultural Centre
Luciano Sánchez – Lawyer
Mercy Soto – Doctor
Ovidio Santa – Lawyer