By Anthony DeMatteo
Preparing for his initial portrayal of St. Augustine’s founder last November, Chaz Mena became so enthralled by Pedro Menendez de Aviles, he committed to a lifetime studying the historic figure.
Mena, the New York City actor who plays Judge Marc Montaldo on NBC’s drama Law & Order, will portray Menendez again during the Feb. 27 Noche de Gala birthday celebration at The Lightner Museum.
Mena played Menendez — whose birthday the gala celebrates — last November in the opening of the “Legacies of La Florida” series sponsored by the city’s 450th Commemoration Committee.
Mena has become an amateur historian on the first governor of Spanish Florida, in part, by reading his...