A Very Brief History of the City (both Kine and Kindred)
In the early 1700s Cacibajagua was a port town, and not even known by that name. This was during the time when Florida was under control of Spain, France and Great Britian. The port was used as another exploratory jumping point. The Ais tribe or possibly the Jeaga tribe was in the area at the time. When the port developed into a town, a miscommunication between the Spanish and the Native Americans lead to the area being called "Cacibajagua" - which actually means Black Cave.
The nearby town of Fort Pierce was built there with it's own port, partially due to complaints of strange things, ghosts, odd beasts, deaths and disappearances around Cacibajagua. The Native Americans were pretty adamant about keeping people out of the caves, without offering much in the way of explanation. It was assumed it was part of some "religious rite". Tension between the Native Americans and the settlers would rise at times, when people who did venture into the caves would sometimes disappear, die of strange diseases, or be found mutilated. This would lead the settlers to suspect foul play at the hands of the natives.
In the 1800s the port town started to grow into an actual city. Partially to act as a civilian area for the nearby Fort Pierce during the Seminole wars, partially because Ventrue Gregory Sween was looking for a place with promise that he could gain control of easily and shape as it grew. Sween pumped wealth into the town through a variety of false identities and real companies. He secretly became the largest landowner of the area, and began to influence civil planning to suit his vision. He remains firmly in control of the city today. He's known for his unorthodox method of running the city, and there are of course rumors (to various degrees of ridiculous) as to why.
In modern nights, the Prince has the facade of a venture capitalist to the mortal world, and still steers the city. Through his control, planning and infusion of cash, the city has weathered economic downturns better than most cities of equal size, making it an attractive place for various businesses and families to move to. He refuses to let the city expand at the much faster pace it would if gone unchecked, which adds to the allure of being there for the mortal realm (the 'exclusivity' phenomenom).