Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, and West Palm Beach Area Served Details
This city was rated as the 9th Happiest Seaside Town in America by Coastal Living in 2012. Now that is a good start. With a population of around 63,000 Jupiter sits on the northern edge of Palm Beach County. There are three counties that are the economic powerhouses in the state of Florida; Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach. The state has no state income tax and low corporate taxes so businesses find these areas highly attractive. The county claims that it is a leisure destination for over two million people per year. So the county, and Jupiter, are economically solid. The sugar industry, a new biomass energy industry from sugar cane, aerospace industry giants and computer software and communications technology compliment that tourist industry handsomely. The county is ranked number 19 by Forbes magazine as the Best Place for Careers and Business in the United States. Jupiter has at least 250 businesses. Leading the way are the Scripps Research Institute, the Jupiter Medical Center and G4S Secure Solutions USA. This business has over 600,000 employees worldwide and has its corporate office in Jupiter.
The city has a unique historical base. The town sits were the original settlement for the Hobe Indian tribe lived. The Spanish recorded it as Jobe. In 1763 the English arrived and misunderstood the name to be Jove and then recorded it as Jove. Jove and Jupiter refer to the same god in ancient mythology. There you have it, how the city got its name. Fort Jupiter was built in 1838 after a battle with the Seminole Indians on the Loxahatchee River. A military reservation was created around it in 1855 and included the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse. The community is known for its lighthouse, a historic landmark. Built in 1860 it is the symbol for the city. The original settlement moved several times as it chased the railroad and various depots that were built. In 1900 the population was 145 residents. In 1908 a converted lifeboat from the USS Maine served as a water school bus for the elementary school. The city as we know it today was founded and incorporated in 1925.
The city and the area is indeed known for leisure activities. In and around this beach town you will find beautiful beaches, outstanding, championship-style golf courses, scuba diving galore and even some historical sites. You may also meet a celebrity or two on the sidewalk. Burt Reynolds, Celine Dion, PGA golfer Ernie Els and Camilo Villegas own homes in Jupiter. Several well-known personalities that have either grown up in Jupiter or have lived there recently include PGA golfers Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, NBA great Michael Jordon, Pro Baseball player Matt Holliday, Pro Football Hall of Fame Coach Bill Parcells and five time Olympic swimmer and old medalist Dara Torres. This is but a few!
There are more than 50 golf courses in the immediate region. When it comes to beaches you can chose from Jupiter Beach Park, Juno Beach Park and Blowing Rocks Beach. Scuba diving offers up 30 artificial reefs and the Breakers Reef, which is more than two miles long with a 15 foot shelf just brimming with color. With the Tropical climate in its favor tourists visit year round. Two basic seasons give you a mild and dry winter from November to April and a hot and wet summer from May to October.
The lighthouse is a popular destination. Standing 105 feet tall on a 46 foot hill it has a wonderful view from on top of the historic brick structure. You won’t get tired of gazing out over the timeless scenery surrounding you. Riverbend Park is at the site of the historic battle with the Seminoles mentioned earlier. If you’re feeling quite
adventurous you can kayak or canoe the nearly 40 mile Jupiter Waterway Trail. There is sidewalk dining available daily and often live concerts to entertain you. You can visit Roger Dean Stadium and catch a spring baseball game. This venue is the Spring Training home of the St. Louis Cardinals and the Miami Marlins.
Palm Beach Gardens
Before it began to develop, the land that is now Palm Beach Gardens was mainly cattle ranches and pine forests, plus a lot of swampland as you got farther west. Then, in 1959, a wealthy insurance magnate and landowner named John D. MacArthur presented plans to develop 4,000 acres that included building homes for 55,000 people.
His original choice for the name of the city was Palm Beach City. That name, however, was denied by the State of Florida for being too similar to its nearby neighbor, Palm Beach. Since MacArthur intended to create a "garden city" he altered the name slightly to reflect that plan.
Especially popular for its numerous golf courses, 12 in all, the Professional Golfers' Association of America understandably has its headquarters located in the city.
A number of Golf events have taken place in the city as its popularity has grown. These events have included:
- The Honda Classic
- The Senior PGA Championship
- The PGA National Golf Club
- The 1983 Ryder Cup
- The 1987 PGA Championship
Despite modernization and growth, it has managed to maintain a similar size to what its founder originally intended. In the 2010 US Census, Palm Beach Gardens showed a population of just over 48,000 people.
West Palm Beach
With a population of over 108,000 residents this community has the most history to share out of all the beach towns, included Miami.
When the Spanish arrived to southern Florida there were probably around 20,000 native Indians that called the region home. By 1763 when the English gained control of the area the native people had been all but wiped out due to war, enslavement and European diseases. A surge of Native Americans from Alabama and Georgia came in the early 18th century. Mostly of the Seminole and Miccosukee tribes this resulted in many conflicts and skirmishes. From 1818 to 1858 there were three wars fought between the Indians and the US government. The West Palm Beach area originated after the natives were gone. By the 1870s there were several hundred settlers representing a diverse community from different parts of the United States and even the world. Most of these settlers raised fruit to ship north. West Palm Beach was actually incorporated in 1894 and grew steadily for several decades. Rail service enhanced the transportation of the fruit crops northward. The city saw several different surges in population. Two are attributed to World War II. The addition of the Palm Beach Air Force Base brought thousands of military personnel to the city. The base was crucial to the war effort with the proximity to the African conflicts and the U-Boats sinking merchant ships off of the Atlantic coast. The second surge came after the war was over when many military personnel chose to return to the area to make it home.
There are several companies that have based themselves in the West Palm Beach area. They include:
- ION Media Networks
- Florida Public Utilities
Other companies that have a large presence in West Palm Beach are:
- General Dynamics
- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne
- Sikorsky Aircraft
West Palm Beach is a highly diverse area for the arts. Facilities that participate in bringing the arts to the area are:
- The Carefree Theatre
- Harriet Himmel Theater
- Meyer Amphitheater: an outdoor waterfront amphitheater
- Norton Museum of Art
- Palm Beach County Convention Center
- Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
- Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum
One of the most popular annual events that draw people and performers from all over is SunFest. SunFest is Florida's biggest music festival on a waterfront. Founded in 1982 to bring more visitors to the area during slower tourism months, SunFest has grown to an annual attendance of over 250,000 people.
SunFest in the past has hosted artists and performers including:
- Bob Dylan
- Carrie Underwood
- Cyndi Lauper
- Dizzy Gillespie
- Earth Wind and Fire
- James Brown
- John Mayer
- Kenny G
- Lenny Kravitz
- Ray Charles
- Smashing Pumpkins,
- And more…
West Palm Beach’s SunFest takes place within the downtown Arts and Entertainment District, along the Intracoastal Waterway.
Jupiter Inlet Colony
Jupiter Inlet Colony is a small town, almost a village in size. The population was recorded to be only 400 during the 2010 census. Despite its size, or because of it, some of its previous residents include the names:
- Alan Jackson
- Kid Rock
- Perry Como
- Tammy Wynette
Tequesta was started as a planned community to be centered around the Tequesta Country Club. It was given its name in recognition of the Tequesta tribe and
incorporated in 1957 Previous residents include:
- Bob Shaw
- Burt Reynolds
- Jo Ann Pflug
- Joe Namath
- Keith Hernandez
- Mark Calcavecchia
- Ryan Berube
- Scott Sharp
- Steve Marino
Largely a residential area, the census of 2000 showed Cypress Lake as having a population of 1,468 people with 861 households.
Originally named Kelsey City, Lake Park, was the first zoned municipality in Florida. It was planned and created by Dr. John Nolan from Boston, Massachusetts and the Olmsted brothers Frederick Jr and John Charles. The Lake Park Town Hall is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
No, that’s not a typo. Originally established in 1947, Mangonia Park was petitioned for incorporation and to be named Magnolia Park.The State of Florida, granted the petition, with one change, for the name to be Mangonia Park. The explanation that came with the approval explained the change. There was already a Magnolia Park, FL, so the State took the liberty of naming it something similar instead.
Officially called the “Village of Wellington” this community was listed in Money Magazine as one of the Top 100 Best Places to live in 2010. Just west of West Palm Beach in central Palm Beach County, the population is currently around 64,000 residents. Dating back to 1950 when Charles Oliver Wellington bought 18,000 acres of swampland and proposed a planned community, today Wellington has the unique honor of being the equestrian capital of the world. Wellington is host to the Winter Equestrian Festival, the longest running horse show in the world from the months of January to April. In an environment dominated by golf and beaches, Wellington is the place to be if you love horses.
30 miles south of Jupiter, or just a pinch south west of West Palm Beach you will find Greenacres. Dating back to 1926 when the community was founded for the working and middle class by a Lawrence Carter Swain, today it has over 40,000 residents. The city got its name out of a local naming contest!
When Stuart was first incorporated in 1914 it was part of Palm Beach County. Just north of Jupiter 30 minutes, in 1925 a new county was formed and Stuart became the county seat of Martin County. Stuart, originally called Pottsdam after the same city in Germany was known for a pirate Pedro Gilbert who raided merchant ships from a sandbar. The area is called the Treasure Coast because of the several Spanish galleons that were shipwrecked in bad weather sinking with an unknown quantity of gold and silver. Some of the treasure has been recovered. With a population of 16,000 residents Stuart sits on the mouth of the St. Lucia River. We opened with this region’s draw for tourism and we will come full circle and close that way. Stuart is a fantastic destination for fishing charters, boating charters, sailing, cruises, scuba diving and snorkeling, and nature tours.
Limestone Creek is primarily a residential area within Palm Beach County. During the 2000 census, the population was recorded as being at 569 people.
Named after the ancient Roman goddess Juno, Juno Beach began development in 1948. One place to visit when in that area is the Juno Dunes Natural Area, a 576-acre nature preserve, and park. Also, there is Loggerhead Park, a 17-acre recreational area that includes the Loggerhead Marine Life Center. The center was established as an ocean conservation organization and sea turtle hospital.
Hobe Sound gets its name from one of the Native American tribes, the Jove (or Jobe) that were original settlers of the area. The Spanish pronounced Jove/Jobe as HO-BEE which later evolved into the current spelling "Hobe.” Centrally located between Stuart, FL, and Jupiter, Hobe Sound is home to some of the most incredible natural locations in Florida. Visitors from across the globe enjoy the pristine beaches and unspoiled parks available.
Palm Beach Shores
On the southern tip of Singer Island sits the town of Palm Beach Shores. Geographically, the town holds Florida’s easternmost point, but there is more to see than just the local. In the last several years, there has been a growing trend to restore the numerous mid-century homes that make up a good portion of the residences there. This restoration has been key in giving Palm Beach Shores a wonderfully charming atmosphere.
25 miles south of Jupiter, and directly south of West Palm Beach you will find the beach community of Lake Worth, FL with 38,000 residents. Named after General William J. Worth who led US forces during the last part of the second Seminole War, the city is named for the lake to the eastern border. A stone monument documents the first homestead back to 1883. It was really in 1896 when the railroad went through and a depot established that the city saw its beginning. The city was finally incorporated in 1913.
Nestled between Greenacres and Lake Worth, 25 miles south of Jupiter you will find the village of Palm Springs. Named after the city with the same name in California, Palm Springs has a population of 24,000 residents and dates back to just 1957. When it was incorporated it was nothing more than a dairy farm, pastureland, and had a population of zero. By 1958 it had 800 homes!
Lake Worth Corridor
30 minutes south of Jupiter you’ll find Lake Worth Corridor. An unincorporated area with over 18,000 residents that live west of Lake Worth on the way to Greenacres.
20 miles north of Jupiter you’ll drive into the nice beach town of Palm City. With a current population of around 25,000 residents this is a quiet bedroom community were everything closes at 10 pm. Palm City is considered part of the Treasure Coast. It’s most abundant and beautiful asset is the St. Lucie River. You’ll find miles of scenic waterways for boating and fishing. There are also nine golf courses and many tennis courts. Of course, the Atlantic beaches are only eight miles away.
Abacoa is a community within the outer city limits of Jupiter. It was started in 1997 and built on land once owned by John D. MacArthur, the insurance magnate that created Palm Beach Gardens. The development is considered an excellent model of the New Urbanism architectural movement. This movement is designed to promote environmentally friendly habits through the creation of walkable neighborhoods that include a wide variety of housing and jobs.
North Palm Beach
North Palm Beach is an incorporated village that won an award from the National Association of Home Builders in 1956 for Best Planned Community. Most notably, the North Palm Beach Country Club is a location to one of the Jack Nicklaus Signature golf courses.
The town of Jupiter Island sits on the barrier island of the same name. Part of the Port St. Lucie, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area, it doesn’t have a post but receives all its mail through Hobe Sound on the mainland. Home of some of the wealthiest people in the US, Worth magazine has ranked it #1 in the country for highest median home sales. It also has the highest per capita income in the US.
Noted residents past and present include:
- Alan Jackson
- C. Douglas Dillon
- Celine Dion,
- Dorothy and Prescott Walker Bush (parents of George H.W. Bush)
- George H.W. Bush
- Jock Whitney
- Lee Trevino
- Michael Jordan
- Nelson Doubleday
- Richard Lerner
- Robert W. Daniel, Jr.
- Robert A. Lovett
- Tiger Woods
Royal Palm Beach
Today, with a population of more than 38,000 this community has developed its own unique character. Founded back in the 1950s when Sam and Hattie Friedland from Philadelphia purchased 65,000 acres of swampland, they proceeded to sell their land to Miami developer Arthur Desser. He earmarked 4,200 acres for the Royal Palm Beachdevelopment. In 1959 the massive drainage project was completed and the area was incorporated and marketed. Since 1990 the city has been sanctioned as a Tree City and also as a Bird Sanctuary.
Loxahatchee is an unincorporated community 17 miles west of West Palm Beach and 24 miles south of Jupiter and is named after the Loxahatchee River. The area was approved by the state for incorporation in 2006 to protect the area from encroaching growth and to preserve the rural character of the area. The area has lot sizes ranging from one to 20 acres in size.
Other Areas Served
- Lake Park
- Golden Lakes
- Royal Palm Estates
- Lake Clarke Shores
- Loxahatchee Groves
- Mangonia Park
- Juno Beach
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