Where Did Ponce De Leon Land? Fountain Of Youth Now Mountain Dispute

With the big anniversary arriving on April 3, 2013, some five centuries after Ponce de Leon waded ashore at "La Florida", the race is on to select which east-coast beach city gets to shoot off fireworks.

If King Juan Carlos I of Spain graces our promontory with a visit, on which site will he and Gov. Rick Scott shake hands? (Some say their 20th century Miami-takeover was payback time because the Yew-Nited states didn't write a check to Spain for Ponce de Leon's "Land Ho!")

"Cubanisma" took 500 years to invade our palmy peninsula when platoons of Marielistas (displaced people) unstoppable by their sheer numbers, outmaneuvered and outlasted Miamians. Their language became the dominant lingo. "Feliz Navidad" didn't rattle sabers but it gave Florida Christmas celebrants a rhythmic rhumba number.

This being Florida, where communities joust like 16th-century knights for tourist dollars,
Ponce's footsteps could not be traced because the ship's original log rolled off somewhere. Hence, historians lost out on this "find" before Shakespeare mounted his first staged play.