Quick note. My young yard man (originally from Mexico) told me about planting the tops some years ago. I did and it flourished for about 2 years and then when they didnt produce any fruit I pulled them out and trashed them. Guess I didn't wait long enough for fruit to form. I leave in deep South Texas (next to the God awful Wall they just built between the US and Mexico-would you believe, some of our friends live on the South side of the Wall even though their property is in the US-One is 75 years old and lives alone). Anyway, guess I will have to try again with the pineapples and leave they in for a bit longer.
Yes, binder, planting them and forgetting them is probably the best method for growing pineapples in your warm climate. They can survive droughts without too much problem, but if there is no rain for about 10 days to 2 weeks, a quick hose down will be of benefit. And planting them in a rich compost with lots of sand for good drainage will keep them fed without the need for any special fertilizers.
Hoping you have a wonderful pineapple harvest in a few years! I think once the parent plant gets well established and makes a fruit, the suckers and baby plants that will probably pop up seem to come into fruit faster as a result of sharing the root system of the parent plant.
The wall sounds distressing. I'm especially sorry for your friend that got sequestered on the other side.