Florida Senate - 2021 SB 1778 By Senator Cruz 18-01667-21 20211778__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to state symbols; creating s. 15.0522, 3 F.S.; designating the blue crab as the official state 4 crustacean; providing an effective date. 5 6 WHEREAS, deviled crab originated in Tampa’s Ybor City 7 neighborhood, the home of Tampa’s immigrant community, which 8 dates back to the early 1900s, and 9 WHEREAS, deviled crab aficionados insist that the authentic 10 Devil Crab be made from blue crab (Callinectes sapidus) and a 11 brand of Cuban-style bread that is baked in the City of Tampa, 12 and 13 WHEREAS, the economical and plentiful supply of deviled 14 crab is credited with helping many in Tampa survive the 10-month 15 cigar workers’ strike in 1920, and was the favored food of many 16 on the picket line, and 17 WHEREAS, in recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month 18 2020, and in acknowledgment of the City of Tampa’s multicultural 19 background, NOW, THEREFORE, 20 21 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 22 23 Section 1. Section 15.0522, Florida Statutes, is created to 24 read: 25 15.0522 Official state crustacean.—The blue crab 26 (Callinectes sapidus), used by Tampans to make Devil Crab, is 27 designated as the official Florida state crustacean. 28 Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.