History of Time Period
The Spanish history of this area of Florida goes back 447 years. Panfilo de Narvaez, Spanish explorer, led his party into the Tallahassee area in 1528. They camped on the Wakulla River near St. Marks, built crude ships, and set forth on a fateful trip to Mexico. The entire sea-going party was lost in a storm; however, others reached Mexico by land and recorded the events of history.
In 1539, Hernando DeSoto came through this area in his search for gold spending the winter here on the shores of Lake Jackson. During that next 100 years the Spanish explorers in St. Augustine became familiar with the Apalachee region and began trade with the agriculturally efficient Indians here.
In 1639 the Spanish established a chain of missions to both Christianize the Indians and to protect them from the more warlike tribes to the north. For this protection the Indians supplied food to the Spanish. This trade arrangement was highly successful until Col. James Moore came through here destroying the missions, burning the villages, killing the braves and taking women and children as slaves. Thus the Apalachee area was deserted for more than 100 years.
Pete was raised in New Smyrna Beach Florida, a fourth generation Floridian, and after high school attended Florida State University to play football and pursue a business degree. After attending FSU, he went on to become a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, a construction Project Manager, and finally started the family business, Pinnacle Home Inspections and Services. Debbie was born in Denver, Colorado, grew up in Dunwoody, Georgia, and went to Clemson University for her degree psychology. She then went to the University of Central Florida for her Master’s degree in Health Services Administration. Debbie is now the current Office Manager at Florida Cancer Specialist & Research Institute, for both Tallahassee locations.
Pete and Debbie met in 1998, married and moved to Tallahassee in 1999 where they have been raising their amazing children. The oldest son, Daulton, started at Florida State University this year and is pursuing a finance degree. Their daughter, Tori, is a Freshman Cheerleader at Chiles High School and is currently a member of the Belles and Gents. Their youngest son, Jimmy, just starting school at Montford Middle School and is very excited to be part of the Football team, which Pete volunteers as the defense coach.
Pete and Debbie joined Springtime Tallahassee in 2011 as members of the Spanish Krewe. They have served as the Libation’s Officer, Float Chair, Major Party Chair, and are now serving as the Spanish Krewe Chief. They chose the Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation as their charity for this year. They are looking forward to another great year of serving their community, and creating more lasting friendships, while “Living it Up in The City”!