Okaloosa to help celebrate 500 years of Florida

VIVA Florida 500 years
FILE PHOTO / Northwest Florida Daily News
Published: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 11:52 AM.

VALPARAISO — Okaloosa County is looking for residents who want to help celebrate Florida’s 500th anniversary.

Viva Florida 500 officially kicks off Jan. 1.

“It’s an all-year celebration,” said Kathy Newby, the county’s public information officer.

Newby and several other community leaders have formed a Viva Florida 500 committee that will meet in the coming weeks to organize local events.

The state has provided each of its 67 counties with a time capsule to fill with items unique to them.

 “We invite anybody to be involved,” Newby said. “We don’t want to do this time capsule in a vacuum.”

Newby said some of the ideas being considered are recipes and black and white photos.

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