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City of Groveland issues proclamation recognizing contributions during Hispanic Heritage Month
Groveland has issued a proclamation honoring Hispanic Americans during Hispanic Heritage Month. Mayor Tim Loucks formerly presented the proclamation to Army reservist Staff Sergeant Edward Gonzalez. Gonzalez family is from Cuba.

The proclamation notes Hispanic Americans have roots in Europe, Africa, and South and Central America and close cultural ties to Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, South America, and Spain.

It goes on to say the Hispanic or Latino population in the U.S. is estimated at 50.5 million people, growing by 43 percent in the past decade, making it the largest and the fastest growing minority group in the country.

It added that "from sports to government to entertainment and science, Hispanic Americans have played important roles in America's history, its values, and culture."

Hispanic heritage Month is celebrated each year from September 15 to October 15.

Groveland issues proclamation to honor Hispanic American  during Hispanic Heritage Month
The Groveland City Council joined Mayor Tim Loucks in presenting Staff Sgt. Edward Gonzalez with a proclamation honoring Hispanic Heritage Month. Show left to right are John Griffin, Willie Smith, Dina Sweatt, Gonzalez, Loucks and Evelyn Wilson. (Photo by Mike Corradino)
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