In the last decade, we have witnessed the accelerated growth of our Hispanic Community, a vital force for our local economy. The Puerto Rican Community is the largest Latino population in Florida with approximately 300,000 Puerto Rican living in the Orlando region along. These number are growing every day due to recent economic difficulties in the island and their high unemployment rate . The majority of them are young college graduate with their families looking for a better future. Florida is the State of choice for its weather, beaches and over all multicultural communities.South West Florida is becoming a vibrant, creative and internationally known city, that provides a high quality of life for all residents. I am proud to be part of this multicultural community and as a Puerto Rican myself, I welcome you to this part of paradise.